Sherlock special The Abominable Bride has become an international cinema hit as well as a UK television success, topping the box office in China over the weekend and taking the number two spot in Korea.
1.7 million people in China turned out to see the movie on 4th, with Deadline reporting it took $5.39m at the box office. The run in China is part of a deal struck between BBC Worldwide and Shanghai Media Group to show the episode, plus an extra 25 minutes of footage not shown on TV. In Korea, box office receipts reportedly hit $5m on 735 screens, with the BBC saying it outsold Star Wars: The Force Awakens four to one.
The special – which took Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman back to the 19th century – also played in UK cinemas on 1th night, with 18,500 fans turning up. It has received a cinema release in more than 20 countries, including the US, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.