Despite opening on a Monday, it's been a big week for the long-awaited fourth and final Evangelion movie. Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time didn't just end up becoming the highest-grossing film released on a Monday in Japan—which checks out since most films premiere on Fridays in the region—it also made some IMAX history in the process.
According to reports following the film's debut, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 now has the highest opening day record for the IMAX format in Japan. The IMAX total alone was $740,000, and while these showings only accounted for 1 to 2 percent of the screens available for the feature, the IMAX version managed to pull in 10 percent of the overall earnings.
With 539,623 tickets sold, the final Evangelion film debuted with ¥827,742,000 in box office receipts, which adds up to about US$7,616,394. It was enough to make it the best opening day for the Evangelion series as a whole, and now the next step is for Hideaki Anno's franchise to take on Demon Slayer in the realm of IMAX. The Mugen Train movie earned the equivalent of US$2.27 million in its first three days on IMAX screens, so we'll find out soon if Eva can compete with those numbers.
Beyond that, we're just waiting to see when Evangelion 3.0+1.0 will be released outside of Japan! After so many delays, though, we're just glad to have it out in the world at last.