Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time has become famous among anime fans as it took years to finally get started. It suffered delay after delay, with director Hideaki Anno’s own personal depression as well as COVID-19 causing those delays. But last weekend, the movie’s release cannot be stopped anymore as it finally premiered.
And as it premiered, it seems that the movie broke box office records for the Evangelion franchise. It even debuted at #1 in the Japanese box office. The film raked in 1,177,445,400 yen for 760,000 tickets sold for the weekend. As for its opening week, it sold 2,194,533 tickets for 3,338,422,400 yen across 466 theatres in Japan. It sold more than any previous Evangelion movie, selling over 33% more tickets, and earning 45.1% more monmey. And not just that, but it had the the second-highest opening week for IMAX screenings for a local movie in Japan.
The movie itself has finished recording dialogue last November. Previously, director and creator Hideaki Anno stated that the anime will be coming later than expected. The movie was supposed to open in Japan on June 27, 2020 after eight years of waiting. Unfortunately, COVID-19 delayed the anime a bit further, and they moved the premiere in Japan on January 23, 2021… before getting delayed again.
Studio Khara will once again be animating the movie, with creator Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla) also returning to direct it as well. Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara announced the film back in 2012. Unfortunately, Anno’s personal issues, as well as other issues, kept pushing the film back.
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