While Eclipse, starring the popular combo Robert Pattinson–Kristen Stewart–Taylor Lautner, has been performing a little below expectations, The Last Airbender, has been performing way above expectations. Shyamalan’s actioner went up an estimated 34.7% on Monday (vs. Eclipse‘s 18.4% decrease).
One more drastic Eclipse attendance drop The Last Airbender can reach the top position at the North American box office. To date, The Last Airbender has collected $70.5m about $20 million more than many had predicted. And in order for Paramount to recover its $150m production costs alone not including the $130m spent on marketing, The Last Airbender would have to earn approximately $270-$300m domestically, as studios only get around 50-55% of a movie’s box-office gross.
According to current box office numbers The Last Airbender doesn’t seem at all likely will get that far, but that’s where the overseas market should come to the rescue.
The Last Airbender will open internationally just within few weeks.