You guys have been watching the Star Wars: Force Awakens trailer, haven’t you? And we don’t mean you watched it once or twice, no, that thing has been on repeat since it dropped, hasn’t it? You read an article then watch the trailer, come home from work then watch the trailer, eat dinner then watch the trailer. Something like that, right? This rampant interest has made this the most watched movie trailer of all time, and it’s a good thing you like it and that it has your attention, because it may be a while until we get another look at the film.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer racked up 58.2 million views in the first five days, 40 million of those within 72 hours. To put that in perspective, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer broke records with 50.6 million views in the same period, while Jurassic World topped that with 53 million. So just in case there was any shred of doubt about whether or not there is any public interest in new Star Wars movies, that admittedly nonexistent debate has been put to bed.
People, ourselves included, have been pouring over everyone of these 88-seconds, examining them in depth, trying to figure out exactly what it all means, hoping to glean some bit of insight that no one else has seen yet. And it’s good that we’re so invested in dissecting this footage, because it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything else from The Force Awakens until deep into spring.
According to /Film, there is another trailer for the J.J. Abrams-directed space opera on the way, and it will be attached to the theatrical run of Age of Ultron, which doesn’t hit your local multiplex until May 1, 2015. And it doesn’t seem probable that Lucasfilm and Disney will unveil any new footage before that, especially given that they just recently wrapped principal photography and are likely feverishly working on the post-production side of things.
And that’s to be expected. Even May is still seven months in advance of The Force Awakens’ December 18, 2015 release date. To be fair, getting a trailer as early as we did is the more unusual part of this story. Maybe they just wanted to get out ahead of all of the leaks and reports floating around. Then again, maybe they were like, “Hey, you know what Star Wars fans would love the shit out of?” and released a trailer. In reality, none of us care why we got new Star Wars footage, just that we got new Star Wars footage. Because it’s awesome.
You can now go back to you regularly scheduled programming of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer on an endless loop.