The Dark Knight Sets New Midnight Record

Variety is reporting that "The Dark Knight" has already set a box office record for midnight openings. Screened for the public early this morning all across the United States, Christopher Nolan's sequel to "Batman Begins" earned an estimated $18.5 million, outclassing the previous record held by George Lucas' "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," which went on to make $50 million in its first day. The record of highest single-day opening is presently held by Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3."

"Dark Knight" distributor Warner Bros. reported the $18.5 million figure does not include screenings at 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM.

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