Screenings of 'Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor' Earn 4.77 Million at the U.S. Box Office

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November 26th, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

via press release:


$4.77 million at U.S. Box Office

 Sets NCM Fathom Events Alternative Content Cinema Events Record


Centennial, Colorado – November 26, 2013 – On Monday, November 25, BBC AMERICA and NCM Fathom Events presented the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebration, Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor in RealD™3D in over 660 select movie theaters across the country. The record setting one-night unaudited theatrical event grosses are estimated to be approximately $4.77 million, according to Rentrak.  More than 320,000 tickets were sold, making this Fathom’s most successful one-night event ever. 

Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor had the highest per location average revenue Monday night with an estimated $7,155 per location. Overall Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor was No. 2 at the box office on Monday night.

“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.”

Fathom Events experienced record-breaking numbers with the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary event including pre-sales of 175,000+ tickets and the biggest surge of web traffic in history.


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About National CineMedia (NCM)

National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 19,700 screens (approximately 18,900 digital). During 2012, over 710 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place.  The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of approximately 750 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications.  National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 46% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit or


  • Benjamin

    Fantastic! I was at one of the 7:30PM showings. It was a great event in a crowded theatre. A very good audience, except for a few moments where cheering was required. And to my pleasant surprise, the 3D didn’t suck. It usually does.

    (And there’s the demo drop for Sleepy Hollow)

  • coolioni

    I also went Monday night and had a great time.

  • scfyi

    Wow, the Doctor Who PR people are laying it on pretty thick. Quoting from the press release,”making it the most successful sci-fi series ever”. NOPE, not even close.

  • Pat


    Please elaborate on your “NOPE, not even close.” statement. I would like to know how a show that has been on the air for 50 years is not the most successful sci-fi show. it’s not only that but one of the most successful shows to ever air on television…

  • Anon

    There were a dozen Friday the 13th movies or so. They must be more successful than Star Wars or Lord of the Rings because those movies “only” have two trilogies.

    Don’t get me started comparing the Toxic Avenger movies to the Matrix Trilogy.

    The length of a franchise does not note its relative success to other franchises.

  • Anon

    This shouldn’t take away from fans’ fun though. It doesn’t matter whether a show has been on for 50 years or only aired one episode if you enjoy it. But “most successful” seems like a bit of a stretch outside of its original broadcast area.

  • K9

    Outside of its original broadcast area, Doctor Who is very successful. Day of the Doctor was simulcast in 94 countries and will be broadcast in even more. So, on a global scale, it is certainly in with a shout of being one of the most successful sci-fi TV shows ever.

  • scfyi


    Star Trek and Star Wars are far more successful than Doctor Who.

  • Sabalom Glitz

    Re: Wow, the Doctor Who PR people are laying it on pretty thick. Quoting from the press release,”making it the most successful sci-fi series ever”. NOPE, not even close

    Then you had better check out the Guinness Book of World Records FOR DOCTOR WHO as the most successful Sci-Fi series ever.
    Sorry to disappoint you.
    On Sunday 26 July 2009 Guinness World Records recognised Doctor Who as “the most successful sci-fi series [in the world]”.

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