The Dark Knight Rises rang up a record-breaking $28 million from midnight screenings. The mark shatters the superhero midnight record of $18.7 million, set just a few months back by Marvel's The Avengers.

Another report indicates that director Christopher Nolan's Batman finale earned as much as $30 million last night, just shy of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1's overall midnight record of $30.2 million. It would be sufficiently more impressive if The Dark Knight Rises manages to best those sparkly vampires, since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 had the advantage of being released in 3D, with higher ticket prices.

Warner Bros. released this final Batman adventure in over 3,700 theaters last night, before opening today in 4,404 theaters. That theater count is the second highest in history, just behind The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's 4,468 theaters.

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The Dark Knight Rises certainly seems poised to break the all-time three-day box office record of $207.4 million, set by Marvel's The Avengers. Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how this Bat-finale fares in theaters.