‘Doctor Who’ Earns $2.91 million at U.K. Box Office

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3D TV show screened in 440 British movie theaters

LONDON — The 3D theatrical screenings of the special 50th anniversary episode of sci-fi drama “Doctor Who” earned £1.8 million ($2.91 million) at the U.K. box office, which is a European record for alternative content.

“The Day of the Doctor,” which was screened on Saturday by 440 movie theaters in the U.K. at the same time as the episode aired for free on the BBC, was the third highest-grosser over the weekend, after “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Gravity.”

The “Doctor Who” gross broke European records for alternative content, David Hancock, head of cinema at research company IHS Screen Digest, told the Financial Times.

“That’s the sort of number that’s going to get people’s attention, including other TV production companies,” Hancock said.

Alternative content in U.K. movie theaters will generate around $32.3 million this year, Rentrak said, which will rep 2% of the forecast $1.78 billion in U.K. box office this year.

More than 1,500 movie theaters worldwide screened the “Doctor Who” special at the weekend. According to Rentrak, it took $204,000 in the U.S., $317,000 in Germany, and $30,700 in Spain, among other territories.

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  1. Living the Geek Life says:

    I don’t know about the UK box office, but I know that our local theater here in the US was a madhouse last night for the 3D re-broadcast! Five sold-out showings. I didn’t know we had that many Whovians in this town! :-)

  2. ChristinaRomana says:

    Will The Master be returning for the Christmas episode;
    The Time Of The Doctor?
    There’s a youtube clip going around of the apparent next ‘regeneration’ of The Master who will be facing off against Capaldi in the forthcoming series.
    According to several tweets by tweeter ‘@jamesstoker1963’ The Master maybe returning for the Christmas episode and beyond.
    He’s tweeted a youtube audition clip with these details:
    “I got this apparent audition clip from a youtube user account IzzyAlive (which now seems to have been deleted) who claimed: “A friend of mine in an actors co-operative agency got sent this clip with 4 others in an email that they’d been ‘CC’D into when casting another show I can’t mention. The other 3 clips were relevant to the show they were casting but this one was marked:
    ‘The Master DW2014’ (Moff select final review clip).
    I don’t know who the actor is but maybe they’re going with an ‘unknown’ to play The Master after casting a ‘known’ actor in Peter Capaldi to play the 12th Doctor? I guess we’ll find out soon enough”
    You can see the clip at: youtu.be/x4F4GpGTaQM
    Looks pretty cool for an audition clip and this ‘Master’ certainly has a creepy edge.
    See you at Trenzalore…

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