In addition to a piracy/internet defying, record-setting simultaneous broadcast in 94 countries over six continents on Saturday, November 23, the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor” also screened in 3D in over 660 movie theaters across the U.S. via Fathom Events. And as proof of the continued lure of the communal viewing and theatrical experiences, the special grossed approximately $4.77 million, according to Rentrak, making it Fathom’s most successful event ever.
The highest per location average for “The Day of the Doctor” was actually Monday night, despite its airing two days before — the special netted an estimated $7,155 per location, making it number two at the box office.
“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 BBC Worldwide North America’s Soumya Sriraman.
“The Day of the Doctor” netted 3.6 million viewers for its daytime simulcast and primetime encore for BBC America, also making the channel the number one cable network on Twitter on Saturday.