In 1997, James Cameron released Titanic, which went on to become one of the most successful movies to have been made so far. Like its name suggests, the movie was based on the famous passenger liner that struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage with catastrophic consequences for the people on board because it had insufficient lifeboats. However, Titanic was interesting in that it used the passenger liner as a setting for its main plot, which was that of the romance between two people of separate classes and separate circumstances. Given the setting, it should come as no surprise to learn that said romance did not have a happily ever after, but set to Celine Dion’s haunting vocals, that tragic conclusion has made the movie that much more memorable in the minds of its fans.
Regardless, Titanic earned more than $2 billion at the box office on a $200 million budget. In fact, it is not just the first movie to reach the $1 billion threshold in 1998 but also the first movie to reach the $2 billion threshold in 2012. Furthermore, Titanic is even more impressive because it was the highest-grossing movie in the entire world for a total of 12 years before being surpassed by Avatar in 2009, which was also made by James Cameron. On top of this, it should be noted that Titanic‘s success was not limited to the consumers, seeing as how it managed to sweep a number of awards. In particular, Titanic brought home no fewer than four Golden Globes, eleven Academy Awards, and even three Grammy Awards.
Why Is Titanic Returning to the Theaters?
Titanic might have been released in 1997, but it has managed to return to the movie theater on one occasion in 2012. That was when the 3D version came out, happening at a time when 3D was still popular with North American movie-goers. Besides the conversion, Titanic in 3D boasted one other change of note, which was changing the stars in the night sky to a version that would have been accurate for the time of the passenger liner’s fateful journey. Overall, the movie received a somewhat mixed response from some quarters who saw no real benefit to its 3D nature, but it nonetheless proved to be a huge success, as shown by the fact that it managed to cross the $2 billion threshold at the box office in 2012. In particular, it is interesting to note that Titanic in 3D found a receptive audience in China, which loved and continues to love 3D movies so much that it went on to earn $67 million on its opening weekend.
Now, it remains to be seen whether the latest version of Titanic will be able to manage something similar. For those who are curious, there will be a Dolby Vision version of the Titanic released in the movie theaters for a single week starting on December 1 of 2017, which will be available in both 2D and 3D. Given that it is the 20th anniversary of the movie’s initial release, it will be interesting to see whether people will rush to see it while it is available, if just so they can soak in the nostalgia of one of the most memorable movies from the late 1990s.