The Day of the Doctor makes UK box office top 3Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - Reported by Anthony Weight
The website Screen Daily is reporting that the 3D cinema showings of The Day of the Doctor, which took place in tandem with its television début on BBC One at the weekend, earned £1.7 million ($2.2 million) in Britain, enough to propel the story to third place at the UK box office for the weekend. The 50th anniversary special was therefore behind only the Hollywood blockbusters The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (£12.2 million) and Gravity (£2.4 million) in this week's chart.

Screen Daily also reports that this is the first week in which releases outside of regular motion pictures, such as one-off specials and live events, have been included in the UK box office chart. The reported figure comes from showings on 450 screens on Saturday.

As previously-reported, The Day of the Doctor was also a success in the television ratings, gaining over 10 million viewers on overnight figures alone - only the sixth episode of Doctor Who to achieve this feat since the series returned in 2005.