August 10, 2012 |
It is not too much of a stretch to say the National Rifle Assn. profits from mass killings like the slaughter at the theater in Aurora, Colo., and the killings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The NRA is, after all, a fundraising machine that runs on fear and a sense of crisis, even when the fear is false and the crisis manufactured. A former Republican lawmaker has made public a four-page fundraising letter from the NRA's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, that was sent out to gun enthusiasts just three days after a young man styling himself as the Joker turned a showing of the new Batman movie into a bloody massacre.
August 7, 2012 |
A lawyer says there could be a simple explanation for why an Ohio man allegedly armed himself to the teeth for a Saturday night screening of "The Dark Knight Rises": He wanted the protection. Scott A. Smith, 37, of North Ridgeville allegedly packed a bag with a loaded 9-millimeter Glock, extra ammunition clips and four knives for his trip to the movie theater, according to Cleveland.com. A search of Smith's home following his arrest turned up additional weapons, according to another report on Cleveland.com.
August 5, 2012 |
Many moviegoers forgot about"Total Recall" at the box office this past weekend, as the reboot of the 1990 amnesia classic failed to prove as memorable as"The Dark Knight Rises. " For the third consecutive weekend, the final entry in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy claimed the No. 1 position at the multiplex. This past weekend, the film starring Christian Bale as the iconic superhero took in an additional $36.4 million, lifting its overall tally to $354.6 million domestically, according to an estimate from distributorWarner Bros.
August 2, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - The spelling was a bit off, but the sentiment heartfelt: "Stay strong Colorado. Sorry for all you pepoel who got hurt and injured. Love you all. " When Aurora residents gathered in the thousands to remember the 12 people killed and dozens wounded in a movie theater massacre, 8-year-old Olivia Schultz sat on her mom's shoulders, holding aloft the sign she had fashioned in red, blue, green and purple crayon. It was one of several signs Olivia's family made for an improvised memorial that sprang up across the street from where a gunman opened fire July 20 during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie,"The Dark Knight Rises.
July 31, 2012 |
Being the Dark Knight isn't easy on the body or soul. The job also weighs heavy on the wallet. The total cost of the Batman persona rings in at $682,451,350 -- and that doesn't include the $7-billion Wayne Enterprises, according to an infographic from MoneySupermarket.com Bruce Wayne's home, which had to be rebuilt to the tune of $600 million after being destroyed, requires $37,000 to run each year. He's got vehicles worth $80 million. The Tumbler vehicle alone, which is outfitted with front-mounted machine guns, GPS and has stealth and self-destruct capabilities, goes for $18 million.
July 30, 2012 |
"The Dark Knight Rises" may have soared to the top of the box office for the second consecutive weekend, but the Batman film is still falling behind its predecessor. The final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy saw its ticket sales tumble 60% to $64.1 million during its second weekend in theaters, according to an estimate Sunday from distributorWarner Bros. The film has now collected $289.1 million in the United States and Canada - roughly $25 million less than "The Dark Knight" made during the same time period in 2008 despite lower ticket prices.