The numbers have been revealed. We knew M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" must've taken a lot out of Paramount's wallet, but we had no idea it would have taken $280 million. The film's budget has been estimated at $150 million with the remaining $130 million spent on advertising the new film. To put that in perspective, that's close to the budget of the original "Iron Man," only in this film the most famous actor in is Dev Patel. Buh?
"The Last Airbender" is going to have to work hard to make the nearly insane money it will need (and it probably won't help that "Twilight: Eclipse" opens the day before this film), but its not impossible. The film is definitely unlike anything else Shyamalan has done, so any predispositions against the filmmaker will likely not effect this film's chance at the box-office. If it succeeds in bringing in audiences with ages across the board, Paramount can have a big bread winner on their hands. And honestly, we have to admit, the trailer does look kind of cool.