The epic film “Titanic” hit theatres for its second go around last week, which marks the 15-year anniversary of the film as well as the 100-year anniversary of the actual Titanic disaster. The film, which retells the story of one of history’s biggest tragedies at sea, has been reinvented this time in a 3D format to further punctuate the intense action, excitement and adventure that were found as part of the original film. And of course, there are some terrific early 1900's period costumes in this film too. Not a fan of 3D? Not to worry, the movie will also be released in its regular format as well.
To get you really excited about the rerelease of Titanic as well as to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the original Titanic sinking, we thought it would be fun to share some interesting Titanic facts as well as trivia tidbits.
- If the Titanic were built today, it would cost over 400 million dollars. Back in 1912, the cost of a first class ticket to board the Titanic was approximately $4,700, which in today’s dollars would be roughly the equivalent of $50,000! In other words, to ride this ship you needed to be, in a word, loaded.
- It cost over 200 million dollars to make the movie “Titanic”; prior to the rerelease it had grossed approximately $1,843,201,268 dollars. That figure is now likely to increase substantially! Looks like that initial 200 million dollar outlay may have been money well spent.
- Although it is a commonly repeated rumor, no one actually ever claimed that the Titanic was unsinkable. (Okay, now you tell us…) The truth is that an article written about the ship was a little misquoted, as it only said that once the watertight doors were shut, the ship would be “practically unsinkable.” Not quite the same thing.
- The tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow of a ship before its first sailing was unfortunately overlooked before the Titanic set sail. (Uh oh…)
- The lookouts in the crow’s nest of the Titanic were not equipped with binoculars. Had binoculars been used, they may have seen the iceberg in time to avoid impact. As it was, by the time the iceberg was spotted, it was only about 30 seconds until impact. Sadly, the last minute effort to turn the ship only made the iceberg hit the starboard side of the bow, rather than have it hit it head on. Had the ship hit the ice head on, perhaps it would have only suffered minor damage.
- After impact, the Titanic took 2 hours, 40 minutes to sink.
- The Titanic carried only 20 lifeboats, as it was thought the ship looked too cluttered with the full amount necessary to rescue all the passengers that would be on board. The total rescue capacity of the 20 lifeboats was 1,178 but only 711 were rescued. Even if all the lifeboats were filled to capacity, 1,023 persons would have been left behind. To make matters even more tragic, however, many of the lifeboats were not filled to their full capacity, which further exacerbated the death toll taken in the catastrophe. Perhaps the crew initially did not realize the magnitude of the situation and set some lifeboats afloat in the icy sea before they were completely filled.
- As a reverent gesture, it was James Cameron’s original intent to not have any song playing before, during or after the film. James Horner and Will Jennings secretly wrote “My Heart Will Go On” and had Celine Dion record the demo. This song went on to win the Academy Award for the “Best Original Song” and has since made its mark as one of the most overplayed songs in all of history.
Sail on out to find Titanic 3D (for a limited time only) in a theater near you!
You can view the official Titanic 3D movie website link here.
Titanic 3D - Official Trailer