After several delays, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time has opened with a bang at the Japanese box office. In its first seven days, the film has taken 3.34 billion yen (USD$30.6 million) with around 2.19 million admissions, according to its producer Studio Khara.
Thrice Upon A Time opened on 446 screens on March 8 — a Monday, unconventionally — taking $7.6M on its first day. Long in the works, the film was initially slated to open on June 27, 2020, but was delayed to January 23, 2021, then again to March 8, because of the pandemic.
It is the fourth and final installment in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy, which is based on Hideaki Anno’s epochal anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–96). All four films were directed by Anno and animated at Studio Khara, which Anno founded in 2006. Thrice Upon A Time was released by Toho, Toei, and Khara.