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  • Writer's pictureMichael Dakoske

Titanic Celebrates its 25th Year


For 25 years, Titanic, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, has been a staple of cinematic love stories. The film highlights the story of a wealthy 17-year-old who falls in love with a poor artist aboard the R.M.S Titanic, the historic ship that famously crashed into an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912. This year, the film will be re-released in theaters on February 10th to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The film has been remastered in 4K 3D for its re-release, but everything else about the film will remain the same.


Although the true 25th anniversary of the film was in December, the director, James Cameron, chose to re-release it in February. In an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Cameron said, “the date that made sense to me was Valentine's Day, because, in the original release, which was 1997 into 1998, we came out a few days before Christmas. I think it was [December 19]. But the highest-grossing single day of the release was Valentine's Day." Cameron further explains that it’s, “very unusual for a film that's been in the marketplace for two months to have its biggest single performing day. So [the re-release is] a celebration of love. It's a celebration of the movie, at the same time. And it's a celebration of the success of the movie as well." Additionally, Cameron directed Avatar: Way of Water, which came out on December 16th, 2022, only three days before the true 25th anniversary of Titanic. This was most likely a strategic move by Cameron to have a longer period of relevancy for his films.


In 2017, Titanic returned to theaters as a 20th-anniversary celebration, like it is doing now, which is making fans wonder why there is a 25th-anniversary celebration and a 20th-anniversary celebration. Cameron explained that “I figured that I was probably not going to be around for the 50th anniversary, so why not celebrate the 25th anniversary…there's another kind of half-generation of people that haven't seen Titanic in a movie theater and maybe a bunch of nostalgia for, you know, amongst people that have seen it in a movie theater or have always wanted to.”


After its release in 1997, Titanic won eleven Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. It is also the third highest-grossing film worldwide of all-time, following Avatar and Avengers: Endgame. According to forbes.com, Titanic has grossed roughly $1.8 billion worldwide, $600 million domestically, and $28 million in the first weekend. Titanic was successful and remains timeless, so Cameron can expect great success this February.


If you’re a big fan of Titanic and want to support the 25th Anniversary even further, the Disney Shop is now selling 25th Anniversary Titanic merchandise, including collectibles from the movie itself, hats, scarves, and t-shirts. You can find all of this at shopdisney.com. You can also see the trailer for the new 4K version here.

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