The Time Lord has conquered the box office.
A special nationwide 3D screening of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary TV special “Day of the Doctor” grossed a stunning $4.8 million at the U.S. box office.
What makes this particularly impressive: That’s from one night. The 75-minute “Day of the Doctor” screened in 660 theaters as a one-night-only special event Monday and averaged $7,155 per location, with 320,000 tickets sold. Granted, the tix were $15 a pop, so that certainly helped.
In fact, the BBC’s cult favorite show was the No. 2 movie in America on Monday, behind only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Its gross is nearly as much as The Wizard of Oz in 3D made during its entire run earlier this year ($5.5 million). And more than indie fav Much Ado About Nothing ($4.3 million) or The Fifth Estate ($3.3 million).
The Day of the Doctor was a huge hit in UK cinemas over the weekend, with the feature-length Doctor Who episode the third biggest grossing film at the box office. The film – which was screened in 3D – earned £1.8m ($2.91m), with only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Gravity grossing more.
According to Variety, it’s also the most successful piece of “alternative content” to ever screen in the UK.
*Sound of Whovians leaving a cinema in the distance*
We’re so excited about the Doctor Who 50th that we’re seeing it for the 50th time at an actual theater!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!
Important Doctor Who Tumblr alert here - this is a note from Fathom Events about safety and security for the US Doctor Who cinema screenings on the 11/23 and 11/25.
Fathom added this note about safety for the US Doctor Who screenings on 11/23 and 11/25:
Doctor Who Fans: We want you to have a fun on 11/25 – but safety is paramount. Please note that attending the event in costume is fine; however, masks, elaborate or face-concealing make up, fake weapons, tools, accessories (like sonic screwdrivers) and other related memorabilia as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.
Please take note. We’d hate to hear about any of you losing your sonic screwdrivers or costumes.
Have fun and be safe, Whovians!
minivinnie asked: What should I do? I have tickets to the Day of the Doctor screening on Monday, November 25th, but I also have BBC America to watch it on Saturday. Should I see it live with everyone else and just have a heighted experience of it in 3D on Monday OR should I lock myself in a room from Saturday to Monday trying to avoid spoilers to see it for the first time in theaters Monday?
We’re doing the “Watch Several Times on Saturday AND Then Again on Monday” option because why not?
Hey guise, how’s your day going?
We just wanted to remind you that there are still cinemas worldwide with tickets available to see ‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor' and that you can find said cinemas at DoctorWho.tv. They just updated their map to add screens in the US, UK, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
American Whovians! We just heard from the people at Fathom Events that there are tickets for ADDITIONAL CINEMA SCREENINGS of ‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ being added for MONDAY NOVEMBER 25TH AT 7.30PM.
If you missed out on getting tickets before, this is your chance to see the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor on a big flashy cinema screen with all of your friends.
Go to www.fathomevents.com or contact your local cinema to purchase tickets.
Here’s the full list of screens we have heard about:
Little Rock - Rave Cinemas Colonel Glenn 18 + Xtreme
Hanford - Cinemark Movies 8
Los Angeles - Rave Cinemas 18 + IMAX
Huntington Beach - Century Huntington Beach + XD
Brentwood - AMC Brentwood 14
San Francisco - Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD
San Rafael - Century Northgate 15
Broomfield - AMC Orchard 12
Grand Junction - Regal Canyon View Stadium 14
Port Charlotte - Regal Town Center Stadium 16
Gainesville - Regal Gainesville Cinema Stadium 14
Jacksonville - AMC Regency 24
Destin - AMC Destin Commons 14
Tallahassee - AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 & IMAX
Tallahassee - Regal Governor’s Square Stadium 12
Boca Raton - Regal Shadowood 16
Jensen Beach - Regal Treasure Coast Mall Stadium 16
Fayetteville - Cinemark Tinseltown 17
Dubuque - AMC Star Dubuque 14
Boise - Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9
Coeur D Alene - Regal Riverstone Stadium 14
Springfield - AMC Showplace Springfield 12
Woodridge - Cinemark @ 7 Bridges IMAX
Evanston - Century 12 Evanston/Cinearts 6 and XD
Evansville - AMC Evansville 16
Fort Wayne - Regal Coldwater Crossing Stadium 14
Bloomington - AMC Showplace Bloomington 11
South Bend - AMC Showplace South Bend 16
Baton Rouge - AMC Mall of Louisiana 15
Sterling Heights - AMC Forum 30 & IMAX
Grand Rapids - AMC Star Grand Rapids 18
Grand Rapids - Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX
Lansing - Celebration! Cinema Lansing & IMAX
Springfield - Regal College Station Stadium 14
Saint Louis - AMC Esquire 7
Charlotte - AMC Carolina Pavilion 22
Wilmington - Regal Mayfaire Stadium 16 & IMAX
Hazlet - Hazlet 12
Somerdale - Cinemark 16
Farmingdale - Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
Webster - AMC Webster 12
Victor - Regal Eastview Mall 13
Ithaca - Regal Ithaca Mall Stadium 14
Tulsa - AMC Southroads 20 & IMAX
Salem - Regal Santiam Stadium 11
State College - Premiere Theater 12
Philadelphia - University City Penn 6
Monaca - Cinemark Center Township Marketplace
Columbia - Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 & IMAX
McDonald - UEC Theatres 14
Plano - Cinemark West Plano and XD
The Woodlands - Cinemark Tinseltown 17 and XD
Midland - Regal Tall City Stadium 14
Fairfax - Rave Fairfax Corner 14 + Xtreme
Bellevue - Lincoln Square Cinemas
Again, go to www.fathomevents.com or contact your local cinema to purchase tickets for these new Monday night (November 25, 2013) tickets.
So saw this at the movies. Ready for it babe? #doctorwho #whovians
My brother and I got tickets to DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!
Australian Whovians! If you haven’t purchased your tickets to the 50th Anniversary cinema screenings, check the following sites for availability:
inthetardiswithrose asked: Do you know of any meet ups before the cinema screenings? I just bought tickets to see it Monday and I'd love to know if there were meetup plans before hand and I'm sure other people would as well. I figured being The Day of the Doctor and all, we should make a day of it!
This is a GREAT idea.
We can’t organize these as we’re organizing a bunch of other stuff that we’ll be announcing soon. But pre-screening fan meetups for you organized by you seems like a good idea, no?
We could even use the Tumblr Meetups page to announce them.
Live as of 7:00pm EDT…
zaynatsa asked: I had class and the Toronto screening for the live 23rd was already sold out withing the hour. I did, however; managed to snag some 25th tickets. I'm amazed at how fast theyre going, even in Canada! It's going to be a blast come November :D
Yay! We can’t wait for this celebration! IT’S ONLY 29 DAYS AWAY.