Are Japanese fans more excited to see more Asuka , or to meet Makinami Mari Illustrious ? It's hard to tell, but either way, Oricon reports that Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance scored more than 500 million yen-- actually, about $5.3 million USD --from June 27th to June 28th.
Now, that's not an amazing amount by US standards, and not even by Japanese standards-- assuming that boxofficemojo uses the same two-day weekend format, this'll put Evangelion 2.0 in the top 100 openings, somewhere in the stratosphere of L: Change the World , Ocean's Twelve, and Men in Black II. And Eva 2.0 is still the number one movie in Japan, knocking Tohou's Rookies and Paramount's Transformers 2 off the top spot. Also worth noting: it's almost twice the 280 million yen opening weekend that Evangelion 1.0 saw. Hmmm!While I'm at it, you should check out alafista , which has a copy of the brochure for the movie that's circulating around right now.
How about you guys? Which are you more excited about, classic Asuka or the illustrious new Mari?