On this day 24 years ago, Titanic had its first public screening.
Directed by James Cameron, the doomed liner drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on November 1, 1997, before taking the world by storm.
Titanic won a record 11 Oscars in 1998 and held the box office record for the highest grossing film for more than a decade after its release.
The film centers on the sinking of the RMS Titanic and a young love’s journey between upper-class woman Rose Dewitt Bukater (Winslet) and struggling artist Jack Dawson (DiCaprio).
It gained worldwide attention like few films before it, with special attention to historical events and a gripping story of romance and adventure.
At the time of manufacture, Titanic was the most expensive movie ever made with a budget of $ 200 million.
He was nominated for 14 Oscars and won – an achievement that was only matched by Ben hur (1959) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
Titanic won awards for Best Film, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Original Dramatic Music, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Visual Effects.
Celine Dion’s original song accompanying Jack and Rose’s heartbreaking ending, my heart Will Go On, has also won a series of awards, including the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song and four Grammy Awards.
It was the first film to gross over $ 1 billion at the box office and remains the third highest grossing film of all time, with more than $ 2.2 billion in box office revenue since its release.
Ultimately, director James Cameron was responsible for hitting the Titanic from pole position.
His 2009 film Avatar jumped to # 1 after grossing more than $ 2.85 billion at the box office.
It remains the highest grossing film in the world, closely followed in second place by Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame (2019), with $ 2.8 billion.