3-D release steers 'Titanic' past $2 billion mark

FILE - In this image released by Paramount Home Entertainment, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are shown in a scene from,

FILE - In this image released by Paramount Home Entertainment, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are shown in a scene from, "Titanic." Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday, May 19, 2011, that James Cameron�s Oscar-winning film will be rereleased in 3-D on April 6 next year. The rerelease will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail on April 10. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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 one of 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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