Facts And Figures About James Cameron’s Titanic
Upon hearing the word ‘Titanic’, people will most likely think about two things. The first is the sinking of the cruise ship RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage in April 15, 1912. The second is the epic movie Titanic written and directed by the uber-talented director James Cameron, which was loosely based on the tragic event. The film was released in 1997 and it tells the love story between two passengers of the cruise ship. The two main characters of this film are the poor but charming artist Jack Dawson and the 17 year old first class passenger Rose DeWitt Bukater.
Although James Cameron’s Titanic was released 14 years ago, many people are still fascinated by it today. The tragic love story of Jack and Rose definitely struck a chord with those who have watched the film. But there also many other things that make this movie special.
There are actually so many films about the tragedy of the RMS Titanic, but nothing can compete with Titanic in terms of popularity and financial success. An estimated budget of $200,000,000 was spent to make this movie, making it the most expensive film ever made when it was released in 1997. The movie held the title for 8 years, before losing it to King Kong which was released in 2005. Titanic did not just cost a lot of money to make, but it also generated a lot of cash. Titanic generated a worldwide gross revenue of $1,843,201,268, and in 1998 it was crowned the highest grossing film in history. The movie held the title for 11 years, before losing it to another movie written and directed by James Cameron. Yes, we are talking about the 2009 science fiction movie Avatar.
Soon after its release on 19 December 1997, Titanic received many positive reviews from both critics and the media. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a rating of 83% “Fresh” based on 97 reviews, while Metacritic rated it 74 out of 100 based on 34 reviews.
James Cameron’s Titanic also garnered numerous prestigious accolades. At the 70th Academy Awards in 1997, the film won 11 awards out of 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Song (for Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On). In the entire history of the Academy Awards, there are only two other movies that can match the success of Titanic: the 1959 Ben-Hur, and the 2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.