The Last Airbender is a smash hit

But why? Why?!

Following the movie’s impressive US debut in the face of critical scorn, M Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender has gone nuclear with international audiences as well. The Last Airbender had its best weekend internationally yet, according to, and it’s likely to pull in a few million more before its time is up.

Apparently, The Last Airbender has grossed $225 million worldwide against an estimated $150 million budget. Obviously, that doesn’t factor in the movie’s marketing costs, but even with this in mind it’s an impressive haul for a movie that has been slated by pretty much every review outlet under the sun, including us.

We gave it one star, by the way. The Last Airbender could go as high as $270 million by the end of its theatrical run. As with The Happening, it seems audiences don’t really mind if Shyamalan’s movies aren’t that good.