Nothing dark about Batman’s first night at the box office.
According to distributor Warner Bros reports, The Dark Knight kept the cash chest ringing during its midnight U.S. debut, with a record $18.5 million from 3,040 theaters.
The film has broken the record of the 2005 performance of Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, which took in $16.9 million during its midnight debut in 2,915 venues.
The early numbers mean The Dark Knight will likely join the ranks of 10 other films that debuted on non-holiday weekends and cleared more than $100 million from Friday to Sunday.
The movie directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman cost $185 million to make, excluding money spent on marketing.