Joker: Theatre playing Joaquin Phoenix starrer in California evacuates after a suspicious man 'surveyed' crowd

Joker released over the weekend in the US amidst controversy. A report from California reveals audience self-evacuated after a suspicious man surveyed the crowd.
Joker: Theatre playing Joaquin Phoenix starrer in California evacuates after a suspicious man 'surveyed' crowdJoker: Theatre playing Joaquin Phoenix starrer in California evacuates after a suspicious man 'surveyed' crowd
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Over the past few weeks, concerns have been raised over the release of Joker. The memories of the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colo., revived as the release date neared. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer eventually released and there were thankfully no negative reports surrounding the release. However, a report from California reveals there was a scare in a theatre on Saturday night. According to a report from the Long Beach Post, the audience at Edwards Cinemas in the Long Beach Towne Center's 9:00 pm show on Saturday evacuated after a suspicious man was spotted in the theatre. 

As per the report, Long Beach police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria reveals police were dispatched to the over a “shots call” inside. When the police arrived at the location, moviegoers had self-evacuated because of a “suspicious subject inside.”The spokeswoman revealed that a man "walked to the front of the theatre while wearing a backpack” and surveyed the crowd. His suspicious activity cause panic and patrons feared that the man could possibly hold a weapon and decided to evacuate the place. 

The man was detained without incident. There was no weapon in his possession "but he was later taken into custody and booked on an outstanding warrant," the report states. 

When concerns over the release made the headlines, Warner Bros issued a statement which read, "Gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families impacted by these tragedies. Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic. At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues. Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero."



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Despite the controversy surrounding the movie's release, moviegoers walked into theatres and helped Joker earn $93.5 million on the domestic front. Internationally, Joker collected $140.5 million overseas. The movie registered the biggest opening for a movie in October. Have you watched the movie yet? Let us know your review in the comments below. 

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