Director James Cameron‘s classic romance cruised past the $2 billion mark in overall ticket sales.
The 1997 epic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was re-released in 3D earlier this month to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the tragic cruise liner.
And, after raking in $11.6 million in America during its opening weekend and a whopping $88.2 million overseas, the film’s total haul now stands at $2.03 billion.
Only one other film has achieved greater monetary success. Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar, which earned a total of $2.8 billion.
James Cameron has re-edited a scene in “Titanic” showing stars sparkling in the night sky — after a leading astronomer told him the astral alignment was incorrect.
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The director unveiled a 3D version of his multi-Oscar winning classic last month and he resisted the temptation to use its reworking as an excuse to cut scenes he’s no longer happy with. But there was one shot Cameron felt obliged to alter, because a top stargazer informed him the astral pattern onscreen was incorrect for the night the liner sank in 1912.
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The scene involves Kate Winslet’s character, Rose DeWitt Bukater, drifting on a piece of wood and gazing at the night sky as the disaster unfolds. Cameron tells British magazine Culture, “Oh, there is one shot that I fixed. It’s because Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the U.S.’ leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in.
“So I said, ‘All right, you son of a b**ch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4.20am on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.’ So that’s the one shot that has been changed.”
Leonardo DiCaprio cringed in embarrassment when he recently revisited his 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Director James Cameron and DiCaprio’s co-star Kate Winslet stepped out in London on Tuesday night for the premiere of a new 3D version of the film.
DiCaprio never made it to the red carpet, but Cameron revealed his former leading man was left red-faced when he recently re-watched the film.
Cameron said: “I wish Leo could be here but he’s shooting a film.
“It would have been great for Leo to be here, to be part of the celebrations. I didn’t show him the whole film but I showed him 18 minutes of it a few months ago. It was a good reunion for us but great to watch his reaction.
“He couldn’t believe it. He said to me, ‘I’m such a young punk. Look at me.’ He was practically crawling under the seat. It was a good moment.”
James Cameron has been slapped with a lawsuit by a former employee who claims that he initially developed the concept that was turned into the record setting box office smash “Avatar.”
Eric Ryder, a former employee of Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, has filed suit in a Los Angeles superior court claiming that the director lifted the concept from a story he wrote in 1999. In the suit, Ryder cites a story he penned titled “K.R.Z. 2068,” for which he had also created visual treatments, character sketches, and 3D images.
According to the court filing, Ryder’s initial story was an “environmentally-themed 3-D epic about a corporation’s colonization and plundering of a distant moon’s lush and wondrous natural setting.”
He adds that “K.R.Z. 2068” centered on a “a corporation spy,” who infiltrates an “anthropomorphic, organically created beings populating that moon,” later falling in love with one of the creatures and helping them overthrow the corporations military takeover of their planet.