3D release steers 'Titanic' past $2 billion

Monday April 16, 2012

James Cameron has shored up his position as king of the worldwide box office.

The director's 1997 blockbuster Titanic - starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio - sailed beyond the $2 billion mark in lifetime ticket sales, thanks to a 3D re-release of the film that was timed to the centennial of the ship's sinking.

Only one other movie has topped the two billion mark, and it's also one of the director's. James' 2009 sci-fi smash Avatar earned $2.8 billion worldwide.

The Titanic reissue took in about $100 million in one weekend - $11.6 million in the US and a whopping $88.2 million overseas. That included a $58 million debut in China and put the re-release total worldwide at $190.8 million.

Added to the film's $1.84 billion dollar haul in its original release, Titanic now stands at $2.03 billion dollars worldwide.

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