LONDON — Actress Kate Winslet and director James Cameron walked the red carpet in London on Tuesday for the premiere of the 3D version of the hit movie “Titanic.”
The 1997 drama — one of the highest grossing films of all time — will be available in British cinemas in 3D in April, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage from southern England’s Southampton in April 1912.
The re-launch of the Titanic 3D version comes 15 years after the film was a huge box office hit.
“The 3D enriches all of Titanic’s most thrilling moments and its most emotional moments,” Cameron told reporters. “It kicks the whole experience up to another level.”
The director came to London fresh from his latest venture, which saw him descending seven miles (11 1/4 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific to the deepest place on Earth.
“One of the reasons I made Titanic was that I was fascinated by deep sea exploration,” he said. “It was an opportunity to dive in a submarine very deep at that time.”
Winslet, who starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie, joked that she would rather look away than see herself nude in 3D.
“I’m not going to look, I’ll be in the bar by that point,” she said.
It grossed a decent 4.7 million dollars on Wednesday and Paramount is predicting 20-25 million for this weekend.
Box Office Report: 'Titanic 3D' Opens to Strong $4.7 Mil Domestically
James Cameron's 3D makeover of the Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet-led Titanic took in an impressive $4.7 million as it rolled out at the domestic box office Wednesday, including more than $300,000 in Tuesday night previews.
Depending upon how the gross is calculated, Titanic could technically be No. 1 on Wednesday ahead of box-office monster The Hunger Games, which is estimated to have grossed $4.6 million to $4.7 million on Wednesday. Official numbers will be released around noon.
The 3D release of Paramount and 20th Century Fox's 1997 blockbuster opened in roughly 2,600 theaters domestically, including 71 Imax runs. It also is opening in virtually every corner of the globe.
Paramount and Fox are partners on Titanic; Paramount is handling domestic duties, while Fox has international.
Bullish box-office observers believe Titanic could gross $25 million to $30 million for the Wednesday-Friday stretch, though Paramount is estimating $20 million to $25 million.
The original Titanic, which opened in December 1997, grossed $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office and was the top-grossing of all time for more than a decade, until Cameron's Avatar came along.
Cameron's 3D conversion of Titanic cost $18 million.
It's too early to say which film will win the Easter weekend contest; on Friday, Universal's American Reunion enters the fray.