James Cameron has shored up his position as king of the worldwide box office. Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic sailed beyond the $2 billion mark in lifetime ticket sales, thanks to a 3-D re-release of the film that was timed to the centennial of the ship’s sinking.
Only one other movie has topped $2 billion, and it’s also Cameron’s. His 2009 sci-fi smash Avatar earned $2.8 billion worldwide.
The Titanic reissue took in about $100 million this weekend – $11.6 million domestically and a whopping $88.2 million in 69 overseas markets. 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 haul in its original release, Titanic now stands at $2.03 billion worldwide.
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