Titanic Premiered Almost 20 Years Ago Today

"Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio, left, walks past fellow cast member Billy Zane, center, as he arrives for the premiere of the film Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997, at the Mann's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Accompanying Zane is Jessica Murphy. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)

(YC) – The blockbuster phenomena Titanic premiered in Hollywood California nearly 20 years ago today.

The box office brought in an astounding $2.187 billion with a budget just under $200 million; making Titanic the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide until Avatar (2009). Director Cameron is responsible for both films – giving him a twelve year period to work on new film, Avatar. Titanic was the first film to earn $1 billion.

Titanic was nominated for received fourteen Oscar nominations, winning eleven of them. The film was re-released in 3D (2012) where Kate Winslet made a special appearance at the premier. “We do look very different, we’re older,” she told Vogue. “Leo’s 37, I’m 36 – we were 21 and 22 when we made that film. You know, he’s fatter now – I’m thinner.”