THE Dark Knight Rises earned US$160.9 million over the weekend, making it the biggest 2D opening ever, following a mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film.
Warner Bros confirmed the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy earned $160,887,295.
The opening makes Dark Knight Rises the biggest 2D opening ever ahead of its 2008 predecessor, The Dark Knight.
It also gives the film the third-largest opening after the 3D films The Avengers with $207.4 million and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 with $169.2 million.
The debut puts Dark Knight Rises slightly below box office expectations going into the weekend, which ranged from $170 million to $200 million.
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