James Cameron’s Titanic was a huge cultural phenomenon when it was released in 1997. Cameron’s film became the highest grossing film of all time (before it was beaten by Avatar), grossing $600 million at the US box office and another $1.2 billion elsewhere around the world. It was the first film in history to gross more than $1 billion.
The film secured a 2012 re-release in 3D which saw it gross another $57.8 million in the United States and a further $292.5 million in other territories. Titanic then banked another $7.6 million worldwide after another big screen release in 2017 and a small international roll-out in 2020 added a further $71,352 to the film’s grosses. Currently, Titanic has grossed $659.3 million at the US box office and $1.5 million internationally for a total global cure of $2.2 billion.
If for some reason you don’t know Titanic‘s plot, it sees Kate Winslet‘s upper-crust Rose meeting Leonardo DiCaprio‘s struggling artist, Jack onboard the Titanic. Rose is set to be married to Billy Zane‘s bullish Cal, but disaster strikes when the ship hits an iceberg. Cue James Horner’s iconic score and tears galore.
James Cameron‘s film garnered eleven Academy Awards from fourteen nominations – a record amount (joint with Ben-Hur). Titanic is very good – a sort of Gone With the Wind for the late 20th Century. It was a cinematic event that managed to get different generations going to the cinema – something that happens very rarely. In my lifetime, I can’t remember my mother and grandmother going to see the same film that I also saw on the big screen.
The $200 million budgeted film developed a lot of naysayers before and after its release in the winter of 1997, but Titanic stands as a impressive piece of entertainment – and an important piece of cinema history.