After a short delay out of respect for the victims of the cinema shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros. have released the opening figures for The Dark Knight Rises. Yep, you guessed it: records have been broken.
Batman soared to $161 million at the US box office, making it the highest debut of any 2D film in cinema history, and the third highest of all time (behind The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – both 3D). Round of applause for Batman! Though the figures were actually down on industry analyst projections of $195 million, it is suspected that the shooting dampened some movie-goers spirits.
The flick took $88 million internationally on 7,173 screens. The UK came out on top of the foreign market with $22.5 million. South Korea came in at 2nd place with $15.7 million, literally just beating us Aussies who raked in a healthy $15.5 million.