Look out, The Doctor has now conquered the box office, which will probably prove to be a game changer.
The one-night-only nationwide 3D screening of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special; The Day of the Doctor, was No. 2 at the Box Office last night, averaging $7,155 per location, and grossing approximately $4.77 million for the night. More than 320,000 tickets were sold for the event, with over 175,000 of those being pre-sales, making the screening Fathom’s most successful one-night even ever.
The $7,155 per location was the highest of the night, again beating The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s per location average, which the 50th Anniversary Special also proved to do during its Saturday screening, averaging $13,607 per its 11-screens.
“It’s incredible that Doctor Who has made history once again, setting record numbers across the board on BBC AMERICA, in social media, and now in theaters. It’s a testament to the fans and their dedication for Doctor Who. We wanted to fulfill the fans desire to be part of the global celebration and they rewarded BBC America and NCM Fathom Events with their enthusiasm and support,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP Home Entertainment and Licensing, BBC Worldwide North America.
“Doctor Who fans have proven their loyalty and devotion to this series, making it the most successful sci-fi series ever and now the biggest Fathom, one-night event, ever,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive Vice president of Fathom Events. “In association with BBC AMERICA, we are thrilled to have given fans the opportunity to watch the Doctor in a whole new way – in 3D on the big screen.”
All this, on top of breaking BBC America’s ratings record, with 2.4 million viewers during the initial worldwide simulcast, which aired at 2:50 p.m. ET on Saturday. (The ratings rose to 3.6 after the encore airing Saturday evening)
I don’t know about you all, but I think us Whovians here in the US, might just have grabbed a few peoples’ attention.