Show Business Films Of James Cameron


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This is a light hearted look at the box office performance of James Cameron's movies.

He currently holds number 1 & 2 positions at the all time global box office.

He also ties the record of oscar wins for one film, 11 for Titanic in 1998.

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Show Business Films Of James Cameron

  1. 1. showBUSINESS:The Films of James CameronThe director with the Midas touch<br /><br />
  2. 2. “Nobody knows anything.”<br />William Goldman,<br />Screenwriter<br />
  3. 3. James Cameron “Iron Jim” Profile<br />Birth – Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, August 16th, 1954<br />Education – Fullerton College & California State University (English & Physics)<br />Big Break – Greenlight for The Terminator (a Tech Noir)<br />Oscars – 3 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing) – all for Titanic<br />Wives – 5!<br />
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  5. 5. Pirahana II: The Spawning (1981)<br />James Cameron’s first feature was this low budget sequel for legendary film producer Roger Corman.<br />Cameron was not given final edit.<br />He later broke into the cutting room in Rome to complete his own edit. He later got ill in Rome and dreamed up his next movie.<br />
  6. 6. Budget<br />$6.5m<br />Gross<br />$78m<br />
  7. 7. The Terminator (1984)<br />The idea for the novel idea about a cyborg assassin from the future returning to bump off the mother of its enemy came in a hallucinatory dream when Cameron was ill.<br />Against all advice, he gave the robot role to an ex-bodybuilder from Austria… Arnold Scwartzenegger.<br />The rest is history!<br />
  8. 8. Budget<br />$18.5<br />Gross<br />$131m<br />
  9. 9. Aliens (1986)<br />While writing Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cameron was offered the chance to write and direct a sequel to 1979’s smash sci-fi horror, Alien.<br />Drawing on Vietnam, Starship Troopers and Forever War, and indeed Rambo, Cameron created the Colonial Marines who were going to fight the Xenomorph.<br />He also introduced the Power-Loader (used again in Avatar) and made Ripley a cross between Rambo and John Wayne!<br />
  10. 10. Budget<br />$70m<br />Gross<br />$90m<br />
  11. 11. The Abyss (1989)<br />The Abyss was Cameron’s childhood answer to Close Encounters, and this story was one he conjured up as a teenager.<br />At 3 hours long it didn’t really engage his audiences the way they would expect.<br />It is memorable for a tough shoot in an empty Nuclear reactor, and the first use of the morphing CGI technique which he would return to in T2.<br />
  12. 12. Budget<br />$102m<br />Gross<br />$520m<br />
  13. 13. T2: Judgement Day (1991)<br />“If Arnie was a Panzer Tank, then the T-1000 would be a Porsche!”<br />In T2 the story was similar but this time in the sequel, Arnie’s Terminator was sent back to protect John Connor – leader of the resistance against Sky Net – the computers who take over the world.<br />Little known Robert Patric played the shape-shifting T-1000… and morphing CGI was used in every movie from Jurassic Park to Forest Gump!<br />
  14. 14. Budget<br />$110m<br />Gross<br />$378m<br />
  15. 15. True Lies (1994)<br />Cameron’s remake of a French spy comedy La Totale, was his answer to James Bond. The biggest budget in history at the time saw him reteam with Arnie and an incredible array of FX.<br />The scene on the Florida Keys Highway was real! They rebuilt old disused bridges and then blew them up again with the Navy Harrier fighter aircraft!<br />
  16. 16. Budget<br />$200m<br />Gross<br />$1,843m<br />
  17. 17. Titanic (1997)<br />“Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic” was Iron Jim’s pitch.<br />The biggest budget ever and a movie doomed to fail.<br />A troubled shoot on a water tank in Mexico led to reports that a story about a ship that everyone knew sank would lead to the end of Cameron’s career.<br />$1.6 billion and 11 Academy Awards later, Cameron could feel smug when bragging: “I’m the King of the World!”<br />
  18. 18. Budget<br />$237m<br />Gross<br />$2,600m<br />
  19. 19. Avatar (2009)<br />After a 12 year self-imposed hiatus, Cameron was back with another budget busting sci-fi spectacular.<br />A story inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, and even his own Aliens, surely this would fail also?<br />Think again. 3-D technology, and IMAX screenings have turned Avatar into the most successful film ever at the box office, beating Cameron’s own Titanic.<br />
  20. 20. Conclusion<br />James Cameron Films TOTAL BUDGETS<br />$744<br />James Cameron Films TOTAL BOX OFFICE GROSS<br />$5640<br />James Cameron Films TOTAL PROFIT<br />$4896<br />