3-D release steers `Titanic` past USD 2 billion mark

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

Cameron`s 1997 blockbuster `Titanic` sailed beyond the USD 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 USD 2 billion, and it`s also one of Cameron`s. His 2009 sci-fi smash "Avatar" earned USD 2.8 billion worldwide.

The `Titanic` reissue took in about USD 100 million this weekend -- USD 11.6 million domestically and a whopping USD 88.2 million in 69 overseas markets. That included a USD 58 million debut in China and put the re-release total worldwide at USD 190.8 million.

Added to the film`s USD 1.84 billion haul in its original release, `Titanic` now stands at USD 2.03 billion worldwide.

PTI

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