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The year 1997 in film involved some significant events.

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Top grossing films

Following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker in 1997; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for the calendar year. The top ten films of 1997 as of January 26, 2006 (U.S. and Canada), January 26, 2006 (UK), and January 26, 2006 (Australia) are as follows:
1997 Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross U.S/Canada Gross U.K. Gross Mexico Gross Australia Gross
1. Titanic Fox/Paramount $1,848,879,955 $600,788,188 £68,532,746 $65,768,915 $57,644,334
2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal $618,638,999 $229,086,679 £25,799,961 $20,071,203
3. Men in Black Columbia $589,390,539 $250,690,539 £35,820,921 $22,789,539
4. Tomorrow Never Dies United Artists $333,011,068 $125,304,276 £19,584,504 $12,188,046
5. Air Force One Columbia $315,156,409 $172,956,409
6. As Good as It Gets TriStar $314,178,011 $148,478,011
7. Liar Liar Universal $302,710,615 $181,410,615 £11,785,973 $21,117,778
8. My Best Friend's Wedding TriStar $299,288,605 $127,120,029
9. The Fifth Element Columbia $263,900,000 $63,800,000
10. The Full Monty Fox Searchlight $257,850,122 $45,948,975 £51,992,765 $23,197,810


As of November 7, 2008, forty-one films released in 1997 have grossed more than $100 million, reaching blockbuster status. Three films have grossed more than $400 million, reaching "international blockbuster" status. One film (Titanic) has grossed more than $1,800,000,000 , making it the highest grossing film in history. On February 22, 1998, Titanic reached a $400 million domestic gross in a record time of 66 days. On March 26, 1998 after 98 days in release, Titanic reached $500 million domestically, becoming the first film in history to cross the half-billion-dollar domestic milestone. On August 27, 1998 Titanic reached $600 million domestically becoming the most successful box office film in history.

For a complete list of 1997's top-grossing films, follow these links:
  • Worldwide: http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=1997&p=.htm
    • U.S. & Canada: http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1997&p=.htm
    • United Kingdom: http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/statistics/boxoffice/
    • Australia: http://www.moviemarshal.com.au/


Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Titanic - 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Paramount Pictures
Best Director: James Cameron - Titanic
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets
Best Actress: Helen Hunt - As Good as It Gets
Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams - Good Will Hunting
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger - L.A. Confidential
Best Foreign Language Film: Character (Karakter), directed by Mike van Diem, Netherlands / Belgium


Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Titanic
Best Actor: Peter Fonda - Ulee's Gold
Best Actress: Judi Dench - Mrs. Brown


Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: As Good as It Gets
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets
Best Actress: Helen Hunt - As Good as It Gets


Other
Best Director: James Cameron - Titanic
Best Foreign Language Film: Ma vie en rose (My Life in Pink), France / Belgium / U.K.


Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):
Taste of Cherry (طعم گيلاس, Ta'm-e gilass), directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Iran / France
The Eel (うなぎ, Unagi), directed by Shōhei Imamura, Japan


Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):
Hana-bi (Fireworks), directed by Takeshi Kitano, Japan


Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):
The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by Miloš Forman, Canada / United States


Films released in 1997

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