"The Dark Knight Rises"sold $30.6 million worth of tickets from screenings at or soon after midnight Friday, the second-highest late-night opening of all time. The ticket sales figures came in after the tragic shooting at a movie theater in Colorado.
The film played at 3,825 theaters, of which 330 had premium-priced Imax screens.
Warner Bros.' third and final Batman movie from director Christopher Nolan came in behind only last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," also from Burbank-based Warner, which debuted to a staggering $43.5 million.
Among the midnight debuts that "The Dark Knight Rises" slightly surpassed were the last two "Twilight" movies, "Breaking Dawn Part 1" and "Eclipse," which took in $30.25 million and $30 million, respectively, in the U.S. and Canada.
In May, "The Avengers" took in a comparatively modest $18.7 from midnight shows before going on to score the highest opening weekend of all time with $207.4 million in ticket sales.