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Jackson Rathbone — Thanks To 'The Last Airbender' & 'Eclipse,' You’re Hotter than Tom Cruise AND Robert Pattinson!

Fri, July 2, 2010 6:30pm EDT by 2 Comments, Getty Images (2), Getty Images (2)

Starring in BOTH Eclipse and The Last Airbender, Jackson Rathbone is having the best weekend of his life!

In the first two movies of the Twilight Saga franchise, Jackson Rathbone was a forgettable character, overshadowed by hunky costars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Now the tide has turned and this Independence Day weekend Jackson is red hot and taking over the box office!

Starring in both, Eclipse and The Last Airbender, Jackson has been pulling double duty promoting both projects, keeping him busier than costar Rob Pattinson and seasoned actor Tom Cruise — whose movie, Knight and Day, belly flopped and drowned.

Jackson loves every second of his newfound success and is eating up all the attention. “It’s an honor to be a part of these two franchises that have seem to have captivated the world in one way or another,” he told MTV News. “I’m just privileged to be able to do this.”

Pulling in over $68 million on opening day, Eclipse gives major face time and background to Jackson’s little seen and heard from supporting character, Jasper Cullen. The Last Airbender, in which Jackson plays Sokka, has already taken in $16 million since its midnight release Wednesday, and is estimated to bring a total of $60 million over the holiday weekend.

Young, talented and HollyHot, we’re not taking our eyes off Jackson anytime soon!

Aimee Curran