Toei revealed today that the final Evangelion anime has topped 7.42 billion yen at the domestic Japanese box office, making Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time the highest-grossing film in the franchise worldwide. At a stage event for the film on the weekend, director Hideaki Anno exclaiming “It’s great to be able to aim for 10 billion yen at the Japanese box office in the niche field of robot anime.”
A of the 35th day since Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 released on March 8, the box total for the film is 7,426,243,700 yen (US$67,783,670) on the back of 4,848,041 tickets sold. This milestone means that the final Evangelion film has surpassed the worldwide box office gross of Evangelion: 3.0, which stands at US$67,282,623.
Anno also discussed the possibility of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 surpassing Shin Godzilla‘s Japanese box office of 8.25 billion yen (US$79 million), which is Anno’s highest-grossing box office film ever, saying “If it exceeds (Shin Godzilla), it will be a record for me, and if it exceeds 10 billion yen, it will be good for revitalizing the animation industry.”
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 finally opened in Japan after being delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 8, breaking franchise records on the first day and eventually becoming the highest-grossing film in the franchise in Japan in less than a month, then the highest-grossing worldwide in 35 days. It is the longest film in the franchise (not including compilations or special screenings). There is no word yet on an international release of the film.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.