After premiering exclusively in theaters over the weekend, the first teaser trailer for James Cameron‘s sequel Avatar: The Way of Water debuted online on Monday morning, sparing a flurry of excitement.
According to Disney and 20th Century Fox, the teaser wrapped its initial 24-hour online window with 148.6 million views, with 23 million of those views coming from China alone.
This surpasses all current Star Wars films, including The Rise of Skywalker. The teaser trailer for that film, like the one for Avatar 2, was released exclusively in cinemas first.
The millions of people who watched the teaser on the big screen before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which opened to an enormous $180.5 million domestically and nearly $450 million internationally, are not counted on the number of views for Avatar 2 on YouTube and across social media platforms.
In comparison to previous teasers in the vein of release pattern, F9: The Fast Saga‘s first 24 hours of internet viewing drew in 202.7 million views. Second place goes to Avatar: The Way of the Water, which is followed by Black Widow (116.8 million), Incredibles 2 (113.1 million), and Rise of the Skywalker (112.4 million), among other titles.
Cameron’s sequel, which hits cinemas on December 16, revolves around familiar faces such as Jake Sully, portrayed by Sam Worthington, Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldaña, and their family, the risks they are willing to take to protect their loved ones.
The film’s returning actors feature Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch, as well as big-name newcomers Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet, who appeared in Cameron’s Titanic.
Avatar, directed by James Cameron and released in 2009, is the highest-earning film of all time at the global box office, raking in $2.84 billion (not adjusted for inflation). With improved vision and sound, the original Avatar will be reissued in theaters on September 23.
Watch the trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water in the video below.