1 March 1998

The film, Titanic became the first to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

Throughout the years, the public opinion of James Cameron’s ‘Titanic‘ wavered. Some roll their eyes at the “pointless” love story and some find it to be the best movie ever. But this film without any doubt found a place in the history books.

On March 1st in 1998, the epic romantic drama became the first film to gross over $1 Billion worldwide. This was an outstanding feat at the time!

BoxOfficeMojo.com estimates that 128 million tickets were sold in the first run. Crazy to think some critics felt this was going to be a box-office bomb! Even critics who expected good things never saw what a behemoth ‘Titanic‘ would become. By the time it left theaters in October 1998, the film had a worldwide total of $1,843,201,268.

For 12 years, it was the highest grossing movie ever. The reign seemed unbeatable but James Cameron found a way to overcome his own monster. ‘Avatar‘, another Cameron film, knocked it off the top spot with an meteoric rise to over $2 Billion.

In April of 2012, ‘Titanic‘ was re-released in 3D. This made the film only the second to pass the $2 Billion worldwide mark so the history making didn’t stop in 1998.

What do you think of historic legacy James Cameron’s ‘Titanic‘ created?

Do you know a film fact that happened on March 1st? Let me know in the comments!

Fun March 1st facts are the births of famous directors Ron Howard in 1954 and Zack Snyder in 1966. Films ‘Tank Girl‘ and ‘The Jazz Singer‘ were released on March 1st.