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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 8:01 am

Last week I offered a few brief thoughts on some cultural issues surrounding the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., and events that have taken place since then suggest that I failed to address one of the key questions surrounding this tragedy: Is it safe to go to the movies anymore?

Anecdotal evidence, punctuated every few days by fresh reports of someone being arrested for making criminal threats and/or carrying a gun into a theater, leads me to the conclusion that, at least for a while, some moviegoers will be wary of engaging in their favorite pastime for fear of becoming the victim of random acts of violence. Domestic box office returns for “The Dark Knight Rises” in particular suggest that its earning potential has been impacted by its now-infamous status — the film has made an obscene amount of money, of course, but it is performing below expectations, and will ultimately earn less than its predecessor despite the benefit of increased ticket prices, more screenings and a wider fan base.

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