Wow, who would have thought it? Despite having a very limited cinematic release, the New Year’s Sherlock special, The Abominable Bride, has taken £21 million worldwide. Wonderful! Perhaps you can tempt Benedict and Martin to come back sooner than 2017 with your new-found funds? According to The Guardian, The Abominable Bride has reached 5th place in the U.S. box office and tops the Chinese box office to reach their grand total.
BBC Worldwide, speaking of the success, stated that Sherlock‘s Victorian-adventure was screened in 750 cinemas across America on January 5 and 6 and grossed $2.7 million. They then went on to say that on a per-screen gross ticket sales average Sherlock beat The Force Awakens: “We never expected it to outshine major Hollywood franchises at the box office and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results“. Give yourself a pat on the back, BBC.
Always ones for global phenomenon, Sherlock is huge in China. The New Year’s special has proved so popular in Asia that its cinematic run has been extended, so don’t be surprised if the already startling total continues to rise. However, The Abominable Bride is far from burned out: with Sherlock being licensed to more than 225 countries, the episode will continue to air around the world; and so far it has only been released via cinema in 20 countries.