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Three men were arrested in separate incidents related to The Dark Knight Rises in Maine, California and Arizona. They come after the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado, which has changed the atmosphere around movie theaters across the country.
In Maine, Timothy Courtois was pulled over Sunday morning for speeding at 112mph with emergency flashers on. When he was pulled over, an officer found an AK-47, four handguns and boxes of ammunition, State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland told local station WCSH6.
Courtois said that he was on his way to shoot his former employer in New Hampshire and admitted to taking a gun into a screening of The Dark Knight Rises Saturday night. Many of the guns found in his car were the same used by James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado shootings.
Police also found other weapons at his home.
In southern California, Clark Tabor yelled in a theater “I should go off like in Colorado” and asked “Does anybody have a gun?” The Associated Press reports that police were called to the scene and security guards searched his backpack, but found no weapons.
In Sierra Visa, Arizona, an audience panicked when Michael William Borboa, who appeared intoxicated, was confronted. It created “mass hysteria” and 50 people left the theater. He was tackled by off-duty Border Patrol officers and arrested for disorderly conduct and threatening and intimidating.
While the Colorado shootings did lead to a sense of nervousness at theaters across the country, The Dark Knight Rises still managed to have the best opening for a 2D movie ever, grossing $160.9 million.