Currently, James Cameron is still celebrating the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, which premiered in December. Meanwhile, another Cameron film is coming to the big screen soon after Titanic returns for its 25th anniversary. If you were an avid moviegoer in the 90s, you probably know the love story, the tragedy of the unsinkable ship, and the song “My Heart Will Go On” that accompanied the epic film. Now its Oscar-winning director shares an honest reason why it “makes sense” to re-release the timeless classic this year.
Even today, you can still see Titanic in its three and a half hours of glory on most cable networks. But there are many people who were not blessed enough to have the chance to see the box office leader in theaters. Speaking to SiriusXM, James Cameron joked that the film will return to theaters this year, before going into detail about how viewers influenced the decision:
Well, I thought I probably wouldn’t be at the 50th anniversary, so why not celebrate the 25th? We re-released the film 10 years ago with a 3D conversion, quite successfully, and we thought, “Well, there’s another generation of people who haven’t seen Titanic in the cinema and may feel nostalgic about it. , you know, among people who have seen it in theaters or always wanted to see it.
It might seem like a strange idea to spend Valentine’s weekend watching a movie about hapless lovers trying to survive the death of the supposed “Unsinkable,” but there are good reasons to do so. The epic film is a poetically beautiful reminder of what true love looks like. You can still shed a tear remembering the simple but beautiful vow that Rose Kate Winslet and Jack Leonardo DiCaprio made to each other: “You jump, I jump.”
In the spring of 2012 Titanic was re-released in 3D. Reviews of this iteration have been somewhat mixed. CinemaBlend’s own review of 3D doesn’t say that the conversion works better for some scenes than others. However, there were those who praised him and people really came for him. This version may not have topped the box office like its predecessor, but in its opening weekend it took third place, grossing $17.3 million in North America. Globally, it earned $343.4 million, with a huge chunk of that amount coming from China, which contributed $145 million. The film eventually became the highest-grossing remake of all time, a testament to its staying power.
James Cameron seems to be a director who puts a lot of thought into every project he makes, no matter how long the process takes. He also told SiriusXM that Titanic’s 25th anniversary release date was no coincidence either.:
And then the question was, “Okay, what date is today?” Well, the date that made sense to me was Valentine’s Day, because in the original issue, which was from 1997 to 1998, we came out a few days before Christmas. I think it was December 16th. But the most profitable release day was Valentine’s Day. [It’s] pretty obvious why, but it’s very unusual for a movie that’s been out for two months to have the biggest single opening day. So it’s a celebration of love. It’s as much a celebration of the film as it is a celebration of its success.
So now the question is whether the film will have the same success today. Well, chances are that the reissue of the “Titanic” will take first place at the worldwide box office seems insignificant. Although it will still be interesting to see how it holds up in the long run. As the director noted, probably a whole new generation of people wants to see an ambitious production on the big screen for the first time, and this could seriously increase its chances. We’ll just have to wait and see how many people feel the love when the movie comes out again.
Be sure to check out the 2023 premiere of Titanic’s 25th Anniversary when it premieres on February 10. And if you want to watch the movie right now, you can stream it on Hulu subscription.