Couple quick items related to Evangelion 3.0+1.0 and its ongoing success.
One: the film has now surpassed 7 billion yen at the box office, making it far and away the most successful Eva film (financially, anyway). At present, 7 billion yen is about $64 million.
For reference, here’s what the previous films made in their entire theatrical runs:
End: 2.47 billion
1.0: 2 billion
2.0: 4 billion
3.0: 5.3 billion
Meanwhile, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 was released just a month ago, and probably isn’t leaving theaters anytime soon.
There’s also news that a lucky group of Eva fans will be hearing from The Man himself. Hideaki Anno will make an appearance at a screening of the film on April 11. The screening will be at a theater in Shinjuku, but will also be beamed into theaters nationwide showing the film at the same time.
Joining Anno are the film’s co-directors Kazuya Tsurumaki, Mahiro Maeda and voice actor Megumi Ogata (Shinji). Ogata recently had surgery for a herniated disk: good to hear she’s back in action.
For those who can’t be there (uh, everyone here, I assume), you can dig into some hot behind-the-scenes Hideaki Anno deets in my analysis of a recent TV doc about him. The Khara site does mention that the media will be allowed into the screening, though, so we’ll probably get some sort of report about it.