By taking $66.4m, Batman film, The Dark Knight, has set a single-day box office record on its opening night, said distributor Warner Bros.
The studio added that the movie, which debuted on Friday in the US, and has surpassed the previous record of $59.8m, set last year by Spider-Man 3.
“We have been thrilled by the response to The Dark Knight, first from the critics and now from audiences”, said Dan Fellman, Warner’s head of distribution.
The movie cost $185m to make. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late actor Heath Ledger as the Joker. The film has been praised by critics.
Mr Ledger died in January, following a drug overdose. Suggestions have been made by some supporters, that the Australian actor should get a posthumous Oscar nomination.
Last week, at the world premiere of the film in New York, Heath Ledger’s co-stars paid tribute to him.
“We’re very proud of the film”, said Mr Fellman, addind that “it’s the magic of the movie business, how one film just stands out above the others.”
In its first weekend in North America in 2005, Batman Begins, the last Batman movie, grossed nearly $49 million, and it went on to collect about $372 million (£186m) worldwide.