It looks like the $18 million James Cameron invested into the 3D conversion of his Oscar-winning Titanic was money well spent. The director spent time meticulously going over every frame of the film to convert it to 3D. And the movie opened with $25.7 million in the U.S. and an additional $35.5 million in 84 foreign territories. Cameron talks about Titanic and 3D in the video below.
In the U.S., Titanic 3D played in 2,674 theaters, including 79 IMAX locations, which turned in 8 percent of Saturday's total gross alone. More IMAX screens will be added next weekend. For the five days, IMAX turned in $2 million, and boasted nine of the pic's top 10 theaters. The release, which was timed to the 10th anniversary of the ship’s sailing, has remained a strong pull for young females. A brand new wave of women went to theaters to watch the ill-fated love story. Sixty percent of Titanic viewers were female and 51 percent were under the age of 25. Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox expect the film to have an extended run in 3D, something that the recent Star Wars Episode I re-release did not enjoy.
Domestic Box Office, April 6-April 8
Title/Weeks in release/Theater count, Studio/Three-day weekend total/Cume
1. The Hunger Games, 3/4,137, Lionsgate, $33.5 million, $302.8 million.
2. American Reunion, 1/3,191, Universal/Relativity, $21.5 million.
3. Titanic 3D, 1/2,674, Paramount/Fox, $17.4 million, $25.7 million.
4. Wrath of the Titans, 2/3,545, Warners/Legendary, $15 million, $58.9 million.
5. Mirror Mirror, 2/3,618, Relativity, $11 million, $36.5 million.
6. 21 Jump Street, 4/3,009, Sony/MGM, $10.2 million, $109.6 million.
7. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, 6/2,994, Universal/Illumination, $5 million, $198.2 million.
8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, 5/524, CBS Films, $975K million, $4.6 million.
9. John Carter, 5/1,015, Disney, $829K million, $68 million.
10. Safe House, 9/480, Universal, $581K, $124.8 million.