'The Dark Knight Rises' Shooting Tragedy to Get a Donation From Warner Bros.

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Karl Gehring, Denver Post

Everyone has heard about the tragedy that struck moviegoers last weekend when a crazed maniac unloaded his weapons onto innocent civilians watching a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' killing 12 and injuring 58 others. Now Warner bros. hopes to help ease the pain and suffering by donating to those affected by the tragedy.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros. has been in contact with Colorado governor John Hickenlooper about donating a substantial lump sum to the website givenfirst.org who will distribute the money across various charities used to help the victims of last weekend's shooting.

Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer sent out an e-mail to employees explaining the donation and how they can personally donate as well. Some victims don't have health insurance, with one victim reportedly having a medical bill now reaching into the millions.

Warner Bros. canceled the Paris premiere and other press events and didn't release box office figures over the weekend out of respect for the families. They also released a statement that they, "and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

Cinemark, who owns the Century Aurora 16 theater where the shooting occurred, have yet to announce a donation of their own.

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