‘Dark Knight Rises’ — Set to Rake in $160 MILLION

Dark Knight Rises” is on track to pull in north of $160 million for the 3-day opening, despite the tragedy surrounding the flick … this according to reports.

The major Hollywood studios aren”t reporting official box office numbers yet out of respect for those affected by the massacre in Aurora on Friday … but The Hollywood Reporter is estimating the film will take in a solid $160 million.

Prior to Friday”s theater shooting, the film was estimated to pull in around $170 million, according to THR.

Despite the lower number, it will still make Christopher Nolan“s third “Batman” installment the highest grossing 2D release of all time … and will beat the opening of last year”s “Dark Knight“, which capped out at a $158.4 million in its first weekend.

The Avengers” still takes the crown for best opening ever … raking in $207.4 million.

Official numbers will be posted Monday AM.