The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer that debuted during “Monday Night Football” earlier this week accumulated 112 million views online within the first 24 hours it was available, Lucasfilm announced on Friday.
The figure, which counts YouTube, Facebook and all other online platforms, was revealed in a note to fans published on StarWars.com.
“All of us at Lucasfilm are totally overwhelmed by the enthusiasm we’ve seen from fans this week and throughout the lead-up to this film. And we still have 56 days to go until the official December 18 release date,” the blog post read. “Thank you all for making the ‘Star Wars’ universe what it is, and for keeping it alive and growing and meaningful. ‘Star Wars’ is back and beginning an exciting new journey, and it’s because of you.”
The Disney-owned company boasted a total of 128 million views from around the world in a single day after including the 16 million people who were watching the “MNF” halftime show, during which the trailer premiered.
And after theater chains around the world have reported selling out of hundreds of first-weekend screenings of “The Force Awakens,” the company behind the franchise is assuring fans that tickets are still available for its Dec. 18 opening weekend.
“You set numerous records, including the biggest-ever 24 hours for advance sales in numerous countries. In the UK, more than 200,000 tickets were sold in the first day. In Norway, you braved subzero temperatures overnight to make sure you were among the first to see the film,” Lucasfilm wrote. “Fortunately, there are still plenty of tickets to be had for opening weekend and beyond.”