The nationwide 3D screening took place in 660 theatres across the country, selling 320,000 tickets in total. Only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ranked higher. This screening was in addition to the live simulcast with the BBC on Saturday which was shown on limited screens and took around $204,000.
To put the achievment into perspective, Entertainment Weekly reports the take is roughly as much as The Wizard of Oz in 3D made during its entire run earlier this year, and more than indie favourite Much Ado About Nothing.
Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President of Home Entertainment and Licensing, BBC Worldwide North America said
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 WhoAs reported earlier, the 50th Anniversary story also took £1.7 million in the UK, £0.87 million in Australia and 0.095 million in New Zealand over the weekend. The total currently stands at over £5.8 million ($9.4 million) with screenings across Europe, Canada and Latin America yet to be included.