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SCREENINGS of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special in cinemas on Sunday will make it the second highest-grossing film on the weekend.

And in a sign that cult sci-fi fantasy is the mainstream, the limited 3-D Doctor Who screenings after a worldwide TV simulcast will be beaten only by booming takings for the second film in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. The young adult film series starring Jennifer Lawrence earned $2.72 million on its opening day, almost two-thirds more than the first film's result, and the second biggest opening day this year behind Iron Man 3.

For 16-year-old student Jessica Castro, the release of both films in one week is "just the perfect conclusion to the exams".

"With Year 11 and 12 exams all coming to a conclusion, they're (the films) something we've been looking forward to and our reward for our hard work," she said, while visiting the Doctor Who "pop-up" store in Richmond, Melbourne, the day after seeing the sequel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has already exceeded expectations, if only because it is a very good film that is likely to generate strong word of mouth.

It builds on the love for the books and "genuine affection for the first film", said AHL's (Event Cinemas) general manager of film & entertainment content Peter Cody.

But it's nothing compared with Doctor Who's performance. More than 80 countries will simulcast the anniversary episode, Day of the Doctor, at the same time as BBC One in Britain, including ABC1 at 6.50am tomorrow (AEDT), before it screens in 3-D in cinemas and that night again on ABC1.

"There's a really strong fan base here (but) 50 years is an enormous time to build up goodwill," said Jon Penn, chief of BBC Worldwide Australia.

"I don't know if this burst of fandom is due largely to the anniversary or a growing trend. We'd like to think the latter."

The experience of Jessica suggests it's the latter. Her father was a fan and he indoctrinated his daughters. "Once a week, that would be our TV treat because we didn't watch much TV," she said. "It was a bonding experience. We associate Doctor Who with such good memories."

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