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Final Evangelion Film Gets New '3.0+1.01' Update for 'Last Run'

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New pamphlet handouts, Dolby Cinema screenings also begin on Saturday

The official website for Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, revealed on Monday that the film will have a new Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 version. The new version will contain "minor revisions" to some animation sequences, but will not change the film's story. The new version will begin screening in theaters in Japan on Saturday, June 12 for the film's "last run."

Participating theaters nationwide will also begin handing out one million copies of a 36-page EVA-EXTRA-EXTRA pamphlet on Saturday, while supplies last. The pamphlet features a new cover illustration by animator Atsushi Nishigori and a manga by the staff about a previously untold account leading up to the third film. Six theaters in Japan will begin running Dolby Cinema screenings on Saturday.

The film opened in Japan on March 8. The film ranked #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 2,194,533 tickets for 3,338,422,400 yen (about US$30.6 million) in its first seven days in 466 theaters in Japan. The film sold 33.6% more tickets for 45.1% more yen than the previous Evangelion film during their respective first seven days. The film earned the equivalent of US$3.4 million in 38 IMAX theaters during its first seven days— the second-highest opening week for IMAX screenings of a domestic title in Japan, behind only last year's Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 also played in 82 theaters equipped for 4D screenings.

In its third week, the film surpassed the domestic earnings of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which earned a total of 5.3 billion yen. The new film is now the highest-earning film in the series domestically and internationally. The film has so far earned a cumulative total of 8,605,093,500 yen (about US$78.65million), as of May 30.

The staff had delayed the film from January 23 to March 8, after careful consideration due to the new state of emergency declared in four prefectures in Japan on January 8, and then extended to a total of 11 prefectures. The film had an earlier delay due to concerns over COVID-19 and its spread inside and outside of Japan. The film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on June 27, 2020.

Sources: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 film's website, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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