Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance movie synopsis: The movie opens with a new Evangelion pilot, Mari Illustrious Makinami, being launched in Provisional Unit-05 to destroy the resuscitated skeleton of the Third Angel in its attack on NERV's arctic Bethany Base. She successfully defeats the Angel by self-destructing Unit-05, safely ejecting at the last moment.
The film cuts to Shinji Ikari and his father Gendo visiting Yui's grave and the following attack of the Seventh Angel, which is dispatched by the newly arrived Unit-02 and its headstrong pilot, Asuka Langley Shikinami, via an emergency airdrop. Chief Inspector Ryoji Kaji, present at the battle with Unit-05 and arriving alongside Unit-02, delivers a suitcase to Gendo containing an object referred to as the Key of Nebuchadnezzar.
As the movie progresses, Kaji takes the children on a field trip to a research aquarium tasked with resuscitating the ocean ecosystems lost in the Second Impact and all three Evangelions engage the Eighth Angel, showing a previously lacking teamwork. Unit-01 is critically damaged and Unit-00 loses the use of its arms, but SEELE's members declare that only Unit-01 need be repaired and that Unit-00 has served its purpose.
Box Office: In its opening weekend in Japan, the film reached number-one at the box office with a revenue of 510 million yen in just the first two days. The film subsequently grossed the equivalent of over US $40 million at the Japanese box office, making it the third highest grossing Japanese anime of 2009. A US theatrical release in January 2011 was announced, intended for 70 to 100 screens; Funimation will be working with Eleven Arts and Cinema Asia Releasing.