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Final “Evangelion” Movie Breaks Japanese Box Office Records

Final “Evangelion” Movie Breaks Japanese Box Office Records

After a nine-year gap, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time finally premiered in Japan on March 8th and broke box office records along the way. The final entry in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy grossed over ¥ 827 million in sheer revenue which is about $7.6 million.

The movie also broke the record for the highest opening day for an IMAX film in Japan despite IMAX theaters being only 1%-2% of the total screens. And of that ¥ 827 million, the IMAX portion makes up over ¥ 78 million. Evangelion’s production company, Studio Khara, tweeted on Tuesday, March 9th, that opening day’s total admission was just under 540,000 from 466 theaters.

Pandemic Delay

The film was delayed twice from its initial release date of June 27, 2020, to the unusual date of Monday, March 8th. Tokyo also has a pandemic-mandated 8 pm curfew in key areas, and despite these setups, the IMAX showings had sold-out shows through the day including the 6 am showings.

Domestic IMAX movies have seen a lot of success in the Japanese market. Demon Slayer The Movie: Infinity Train currently stands as the highest-grossing IMAX movie of all time in Japan, earning a grand total of $27.5 million.

In Case You Forgot

Without getting too heavy into spoiler territory, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 is the long-awaited conclusion to the long-running Rebuild of Evangelion series written and chiefly directed by series creator, Hideaki Anno. The final entry is the longest, clocking in at 2 hours and 34 minutes. The film takes place right after Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, 14 years after cataclysmic events in the second movie jeopardized Earth.

The movie stars Shinji Ikari, an Eva unit pilot who, after the traumatic events of the third movie, has lost the will to live and is numb to the world. Shinji regains his will and is called upon again to stop the Instrumentality Project and his father, Gendo Ikari. Whatever the outcome may be, it will surely have a lasting impact on the viewers.

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International Release

At the time of this writing, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 has not been given an international release date. It probably won’t be announced for a while, not only because of the pandemic but also because anime movies typically see a big gap between a Japanese premiere and an international release. There’s also the question as to whether or not it’ll be in theaters.

Many movies slated for release in theaters were instead moved onto streaming platforms and this move has been successful. For example, Disney released their Mulan remake on Disney+ and it proved to be a hit, critics notwithstanding. Personally, I would love to see the final Evangelion movie on Netflix alongside the original series or even on Amazon Prime as the video above surmises.

I do want to tell you all to be careful in the coming weeks. I’ve already seen some spoilers strewn about on Twitter and on YouTube. So I strongly recommend staying away from Evangelion videos on YouTube because the leaks are everywhere!

That being said, are you excited about this movie? I can’t wait to finally watch the conclusion. It has been a long nine years. I’d love to hear your comments!

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