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BBC's 50th anniversary episode is global hit, with takings placing it third in Us after Gravity and Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor has made more than $10m (£6m) in box office takings in its first three days being aired in cinemas around the world.

Digitally The Day of the Doctor has also raced to the top of episodes purchased on Apple's iTunes in the Us and Amazon's television chart. Based on the first day of sales it is set to be the most downloaded episode of 2013 for the BBC on iTunes.

The BBC launched the The Day of the Doctor in 3D in cinemas in 15 countries from Russia to Ecuador on Saturday, and by the end of the day of Monday fans had forked out $10.2m (£6.25m) to watch it.

In the UK box office revenues from the anniversary edition – which featured three doctors, »

- Mark Sweney

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