Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who debut defeated major Hollywood films when it was shown at US cinemas last month.
The feature-length episode was screened at more than 650 cinemas on August 25th and, according to figures compiled by Rentrak, took more than all other films shown that night.
“Doctor Who continues to grow in the U.S. and it is thrilling to see the fans come out for the theatrical screening experience as we’ve embarked on new adventures with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor,” said Soumya Sriraman, BBC Worldwide North America’s EVP Home Entertainment and Licensing.
“We’ve enjoyed partnering with Fathom Events and our accomplishment in the box office is a testament to the successful collaboration between our two companies.”
“To say we are extremely pleased with the performance of the ‘Doctor Who Season Premiere’ event in cinemas would be an understatement,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said.
“The fact that it did so well compared to top summer blockbusters shows that this series continues to inspire a dedicated and passionate fan following. We look forward to partnering with on future events to bring audiences more of the programs they love and want to experience in theaters together.”