Final Evangelion Film Ends Run in Most Theaters With 6.69 Million Tickets Sold
posted on by Egan Loo
The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise confirmed on Thursday that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, has ended its 136-day run in most Japanese theaters on Wednesday after selling 6.69 million tickets for 10.22 billion yen (about US$92.7 million). (26 theaters are still playing the film at least until Wednesday.)
The film's new Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 version began playing on June 12 for the film's "last run." The new version contains "minor revisions" to some animation sequences, but does not change the film's story. That version will start streaming on Amazon worldwide (including Japan) on August 13.
The film opened in Japan on March 8, and ranked #1 in its opening weekend. The movie 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 reached the 9 billion yen (about US$80 million) mark on June 14, and reached 9.32 billion yen (about US$84.86 million) as of June 20. It surpassed 10 billion yen (about US$90.59 million) on July 12, its 127th day in the Japanese box office. (The film sold 6.55 million tickets at the time.)
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.
Source: Evangelion franchise's Twitter account