Updated with Fathom’s official Sunday estimate. While Showtime will release the PPV revenue figures from last night’s fight in about a week, Fathom Events is reporting that their theatrical broadcast of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Conor McGregor grossed $2.6M at 532 movie theaters. ComScore previously had a $2.4M figure this morning from a 481 venue count.
That number easily beats the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, which delivered over $1M to Fathom. In addition, last night’s Fathom event was the third highest-grossing title at Saturday’s box office behind Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard ($3.89M) and New Line/Warner Bros.’ Annabelle: Creation ($2.8M). Overall, Mayweather-McGregor ranks 8th on the weekend B.O. chart, above the weekend take of BH Tilt/WWE’s Studios’ Birth of a Dragon which drew $2.5M. Mayweather-McGregor marked Fathom’s 10th Mayweather fight, and 18th boxing match broadcast overall since 2009. Fathom tickets for last night’s fight went for about $40 a pop.
Mayweather set a new boxing recording with a 50-0 winning streak, now ahead of Rocky Marciano’s 49-0, defeating McGregor with a TKO in the tenth round.
Compared to all the other bucks flowing in from the “Money Fight,” Fathom’s haul is indeed small next to the match’s PPV projections: $500M stateside; $700M worldwide. For the second time in three fights, Mayweather earned a $100M guarantee, with McGregor taking home $30M, a number that dwarfs any amount he’s made during a UFC match. According to reports, those figures will swell once profit shares are counted, with Mayweather potentially earning $350M, 40% more than his Pacquiao fight paycheck, and McGregor depositing around $100M.