Fifty Shades Darker trailer smashes Star Wars: The Force Awakens YouTube record

The Fifty Shades Darker trailer has smashed Star Wars: The Force Awakens record for most YouTube views in its first 24 hours.

The steamy new trailer for the next instalment of the Fifty Shades franchise has racked up 114 million views since its release on Wednesday, according to Universal.

That puts it way ahead of the long-awaited return of George Lucas’ sci-fi saga, which clocked up 112 million views in its first 24 hours.

The sequel to last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey finds Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) back in the clutches of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey after the events of the first movie.

Only now, she’s the one setting all the rules, but things become complicated when Ana crosses paths with Christian’s ex Elena, played by Kim Basinger, who first introduced the smooth billionaire to all that BDSM naughtiness.

As with the first film, Fifty Shades Darker arrives in time for Valentine’s Day, hitting screens on February 10 next year.

The final film in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, which was filmed back to back with Darker, arrives a year later on February 9.

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