updated - May 24, 2013 Friday EDT
In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado "The Dark Knight Rises" shooting, the movies stars are coming forth to send their condolences to the families involved in the tragedy.
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Christian Bale, who stars as Batman in the film, said in a statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."
My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act," Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," said in a brief statement. "I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
At 12:30 a.m. Friday, 24-year-old James Holmes walked into the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Theater 9 at the Century 16 movie complex in Aurora where he opened fire on unsuspected moviegoers. The tragic event killed 12 people and injured 59. Police said the alleged shooter was wearing a gas mask and dressed in all black. He is reported to have been carrying gas canisters, an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and at least one .40-caliber Glock handgun. Holmes will appear in court on Monday.
"The Dark Knight Rises" will likely still finish north of its predecessor "The Dark Knight" for its first weekend, with receipts totaling $162 million, possibly more, according to several reports in the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter. This is based on a Friday gross in the neighborhood of $77 million, the third largest Friday in box office history.
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