Occasionally there are moments when unthinkable acts make us pause to remember those who have been affected, and to appreciate what we have. One of those moments occurred late Friday night when a 24-year-old opened fire at a movie theater screening “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, killing a dozen people and wounding 59 others.
This heinous act has set a dark cloud over what should have been one of the summer’s biggest weekends. With initial projections that “TDKR” might gross over $200 million in its opening weekend (and surpass the all-time record done by “The Avengers” of earlier this year), there had been a palpable build of excitement with pre-release ticket sales at unseen heights. While the true impact of fear is yet to be calculated, and the studio’s own relative silence on the box-office numbers, it’s thought that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman installment still managed a $161.1 million weekend, enough to rank it the second largest opening of all-time.
What we hope the enormous turnout proves is that the country didn’t allow a psycho to interrupt life. As Christopher Nolan said in a statement about the shooting, “I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.”
We should never allow anyone to take that from us.
And so, with a solemnity not common to this normal celebration our Who Won the Week vote of support goes out to…
All of us. Those who went to the movies this weekend, those in law enforcement who were called upon to patrol the theaters, those in Aurora who are still coping with their loss.
Continuing our daily lives, and loving those around us, is a nice way for us to ‘win’ this week.