AMC Theaters Banning Costumes; Theater Stocks Down Following Tragedy: Biz Break
Also in Friday afternoon's round-up of news. Warner Bros. has not seen any indication that the tragic shooting earlier today in Colorado at a Dark Knight Rises showing has had any influence on the pic's ticket sales. In other news, Taylor Kitsch may lead a racing movie franchise and Kevin Costner to play inspiring real-life coach.
AMC Banning Costumes in Wake of Tragedy
The theater chain said it's not going to allow guests into its theaters "in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings." Deadline reports.
No Slowdown in TDKR Ticket Sales (so far)
North American midnight figures for The Dark Knight Rises came in at $30.640M from 3,825 locations for a $8,010 per location average. Following the tragedy, numbers were still brisk with $500K grossed just in Manhattan by 10am, Deadline reports.
Theater Stocks Drop Following Shooting
Exhibitors' shares fell Friday after the deaths of 12 people early Friday morning at a Cinemark theater in Aurora, CO. Shares of Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Group both declined 4%, Variety reports.
Taylor Kitsch Zooms to Need For Speed
Kitsch is in line to play the lead in Dreamworks' Need For Speed, based on a series of EA car racing video games of the same name. It's set for a February 2014 release, Zap2it reports.
Kevin Costner in Talks for Disney's McFarland
Costner would star in the true story about a coach in the predominately Latino community of McFarland, CA who formed a high school track team that became champions despite numerous social and physical obstacles in the '80s, THR reports.