Domestic Gross: $132 million
Adjusted for Inflation (2012): $137 million
“The Last Airbender” is a 2010 film directed by M. Night Shyamalan of “The Sixth Sense” fame. The movie is based on “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” an animated series that aired on the Nickelodeon network from 2005 to 2008. The movie is a big-budget, live-action martial arts adventure in 3D aimed at the ‘tween demographic.
The movie was eaten alive by critics, who hated it with the intensity of a thousand suns. One such critic was Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, who called it “an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.” The film had a respectable domestic box office take of $132 million, but don’t expect a movie this universally loathed to spawn a sequel.