Out of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Aurora last Friday, Warner Bros. -- as well as other studios -- would not release their debut numbers on Sunday. (Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Christopher Nolan have all released personal statements expressing their sympathies over the shooting at a Colorado "Dark Knight Rises" screening, which took the lives of 12 people.)
However, various media outlets have reported that Christopher Nolan's finale brought in $160 to $162 million. That sum would make "TDKR" the highest 2-D opening ever, besting its brethren "The Dark Knight," which earned $158.4 million its first weekend. The film comes in third overall, behind this year's gangbusters superhero flick "The Avengers" ($207.4 million), along with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" ($169.2 million).
The Batman flick benefited from its overseas release, as well; the film reportedly earned $70 million, globally.
We will update this story as the official numbers come in.
UPDATE: The official figures for "The Dark Knight Rises" show that the film earned $160,887,295 during its weekend release, giving it the highest opening ever for a non-3D film.
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