Eva: 2.22 Sells 124,000 DVDs, 195,000 BDs on Tuesday
posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha), the second film in Khara's four-part theatrical remake of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion series, sold 124,000 DVDs and 195,000 Blu-ray Discs on Tuesday. The film officially ships on home video on Wednesday. The film's one-day Blu-ray sales total has already topped the first-week Blu-ray sales record-holder for anime, which was the first volume of Mobile Suit Gundam UC (56,000 copies). It also tops the first-day sales record-holder for any Japanese Blu-ray release, which was Michael Jackson's This Is It (122,000 copies).
This Is It sold 350,000 copies in Japan as the top-selling Blu-ray release in Japan to date, while the first Evangelion remake film, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo) eventually sold 125,000 copies as the top-selling anime Blu-ray release until now.
Moviegoers spent 4 billion yen (about US$42 million) to watch Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance in theaters 2.9 million times. The film eventually became the #8 highest-grossing film in Japan last year and the #2 highest-grossing anime film. King Records received over 800,000 DVD and Blu-ray pre-orders of the film, including over 450,000 for the Blu-ray version.
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