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Valley moviegoers on high alert after CO shootings

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The Dark Knight Rises was expected to be the big blockbuster movie of the summer. But after what happened, could it become a box office bomb?

The people heading into the Harkins Theaters at Tempe Marketplace said what happened in Aurora, CO, was tragic and scary. But they said they can't live in fear.

Showings for The Dark Knight Rises lit up the marquee at Harkins Theaters Friday. The lines kept coming.

Perry Pratt has been waiting years to see the final installment of this Batman series.

"I've been waiting a long time to see it, so it just kind of ruins the mood and the event towards it," he said.

Pratt went to see it anyway, saying bad things could happen anywhere.

 "You can do whatever you want to do, and you can make as many laws that you want but there's always going to be one person who's going to do whatever they want to do," said Pratt.

But news of the massacre at the midnight showing in Aurora, CO, made Jennifer McQuaid think twice about going to see it.

"It's kind of instinct when you see something like that, should I really go? I thought about it this afternoon and I'm just like, I'll go anyway," she said.

Because of the shootings, many movie theaters in the Valley have ramped up safety efforts by bringing in more security just in case. Phoenix police said officers will be patrolling theaters in the wake of this tragedy. Mesa and Tempe police departments are doing the same.

"We cannot allow criminals to dictate our behavior as we try to enjoy our lives," said Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia in a press conference.

That's how Diana Navarro feels. She took her kids to see the newest Ice Age movie.

"You got danger anywhere you go, you could be in a good area, you could be in a terrible area. You just got to watch out. I can't stop doing what I'm doing being scared all the time," she said.

Analysts were predicting this Batman movie would bring in about $195 million in its opening weekend before the shooting.

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