The Dark Knight grossed the most ever for midnight shows, earning a massive $18.5 million from 3,040 theaters. The number did not include the 3:00 a.m. and 6 a.m. showings.
The Batman Begins follow-up broke the previous midnight record set by 20th Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith which grossed $16.9 million from 3,663 theaters. “Sith” went on to make $50 million in its first day, which was a Thursday. The highest single day opening record is currently held by Sony’s Spider-Man 3, which made $59.8 million.
This morning, The Dark Knight expanded into a record 4,366 theaters.