DeAngelo Vickers’s review published on Letterboxd:
In the months leading up to the release of TITANIC the media was ready to crucifie James Cameron and were all but ready to call this the biggest disaster in cinema history.
Reports of onset turmoil, delays, the budget being pushed over $200 million dollars and becoming the most expensive film ever made at the time. The film then pushed from its original summer release date to December, with a 3 hour running time, no bankable movie stars and an ending the world already knew. It had no chance financially.
On December 19th, 1997, TITAINC would set sail into the record books for the complete opposite and shock the entertainment world! TITANIC left every movie from the holiday season of '97 to the late spring of '98 in its wake and hold on to the number one spot at the box office for a record number of weeks and eventually becoming the most successful film ever made.
Forever changing James Cameron's career. Turning Leonardo DiCaprio into the most popular movie star on the planet.
It also tied two records at the Academy Awards. Most nominations and wins in Oscar history.
It would hold the world record for highest grossing film for 12 years until James Cameron beat it himself with Avatar in 2009.