The Ship vs. The Film• Titanic, the ship, was one of the largest movable objects ever built, measuring in at 883 feet long (1/6 of a mile), 92 feet wide, 46,328 tons, and 104 feet high, from keel to bridge. The model in James Cameron's film was built 90 percent to scale.
• The ship cost an unprecedented $7.5 million to build—that translates to about $172 million today. The film cost an unprecedented $250 million and has grossed more than $600 million domestically and more than $1.8 billion worldwide.
• The ship took three years to build, approximately the same amount of time it took to make the film.
• It took the ship approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes to sink. Titanic, the film, runs 3 hours, 14 minutes.
In 1912, the Titanic, a steamship in England's White Star Line, set out on its doomed maiden voyage, with 2,227 enthusiastic passengers and crew members on board for the history-making trip from Southampton, England, to New York City. Only 705 would survive the ship's collision with a massive iceberg. The "unsinkable" ocean liner hit an iceberg late in the evening on April 14 and sunk in the early hours of April 15.
Retailers, marketers, and promoters took full advantage of the centennial of the sinking of the ship, from selling commemorative knick-knacks, to the construction of a new museum, to the re-release of the blockbuster movie in 3D. Even MTV got involved, sponsoring a concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the ship was built. The concert, Titanic Sounds, was held outside the gleaming new, $160 million, nine-gallery exhibit, Titanic Belfast, which opened in March 2012. The exhibit includes a roller-coaster-like ride used to transport visitors through a multimedia re-creation of the construction process, a replica of the ship, and a walk back in time to industrial Belfast. The exterior of the building features four ship hulls that jut into the River Lagan. Here are some other notable events surrounding the anniversary:
Here are some of the most interesting facts about the ship and its fateful journey:
Even though the film is nearly 20 years old, the word Titanic still conjures up images of the starry-eyed Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet passionately embracing as they lean precariously over the bow of the ship, with the wind in their sprightly young faces and the world at their feet. The film Titanic has become itself a cultural phenomenon—nearly as monumental as the event on which it was based.