At the end of the day, the Time Lords have done it again! BBC America, in conjunction with Fathom Events, aired the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special entitled ‘The Day of the Doctor’ in RealD 3D in over 660 theaters across the country. More than 320,000 tickets were sold to the event, which drew approximately $4.77 million at the Box Office, even out performing Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, during its one-night-only unaudited airing.
This is Fathom’s most successful one-night event ever.
In the official press release, Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events, expressed their happiness with the event’s performance.
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 Maxwell. “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.”
This is not the first record that Doctor Who has broken over the course of their Doctor Who weekend extravaganza.
The original airing of ‘The Day of the Doctor’ drew in an average of 2.4 million viewers in the United States. When you add in the number of people who watched the prime time re-airing of the special, it brought those numbers up to 3.6 million. This broke the all-times viewing record for BBC America.
If you would like to read the entire press release, you can do so right here.
The lesson to be learned here: never underestimate a Whovian’s dedication to their favorite series and what they can accomplish when afforded the opportunity.
Next up for the longtime sci-fi series is the Doctor Who Christmas Special entitled ‘The Time of the Doctor’ where we will say goodbye to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and make way for Peter Capaldi as he takes over the sonic screwdriver as the Twelfth Doctor.
Doctor Who’s Christmas Special ‘The Time of the Doctor’ airs on Christmas Day on BBC.