Move over, Brad and Angelina. There’s a new Hollywood (or should we say Hogwarts?) power couple in town: Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). According to Forbes and Box Office Mojo, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 couple is the highest-earning onscreen duo of the past five years, thanks to the $4.2 billion the past four Harry Potter films earned at the box office. (So why do they look so sad?)
Of course, there are more franchises nipping at Rormione’s (or is it Herron? Either way, why do we do this?!) heels: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Glitter Attack! Part 1‘s Edward (Rob Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) come in second with $2.5 billion, while Transformers‘ Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela (Megan Fox) come in third with $1.5 billion. But doesn’t Bumblebee deserve some sort of credit for being the third party in the latter couple’s polyamorous relationship?
Indeed, franchises are king on Forbes’ list — only one onscreen couple, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mal (Marion Cotillard), come from a non-franchise film: Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which finishes at No. 8 with $825 million. Of course, it’s not really fair — even the most successful one-off projects with endearing onscreen couples in Hollywood can’t compete with the likes of Michael Bay and young adult fiction. So, sorry, no matter how much you loved Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Nathan (Chris O’Dowd) or Juno (Ellen Page) and Paulie (Michael Cera) or Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel), their earning power won’t hold a candle to the chemistry-less Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). What other couples make up the top 10 list? Click here to see, but I can just save you the time now and tell you they’re all from Pirates, Transformers, superhero movies, or very horrible sequels.
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