Lucasfilm released a statement on StarWars.com today thanking fans for their overwhelming support of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens this week. In it they revealed that the new trailer, which dropped on Monday during the Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN was viewed 128 Million times globally (16 million watched it on ESPN and it was viewed 112 million times online after that).
"In just 24 hours, the trailer was viewed online more than 112 million times. That’s 128 million times globally in a single day! But more than numbers, there was discussion, there were reaction videos, there were fun memes. There were cheers and there were tears from fans young and old. We saw and loved it all, and it meant the world to the creators of the film. And we were equally blown away by the advance ticket sales.
Websites slowed, crashed, and became one with the Force. (There probably hasn’t been this big of a network jam in a galaxy far, far away since the Emperor’s trap in the Battle of Endor.) Incredibly — but not surprisingly — 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. Fortunately, there are still plenty of tickets to be had for opening weekend and beyond.
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!"
It was nice to see this message from Lucasfilm, once again driving home the point that they are grateful to the legions of fans who love Star Wars and can't wait for The Force Awakens.
Now be honest, how many of the 128 million times the trailer has been viewed, was you? Let us know how many times you've watched the trailer in the comments.
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