They may not have locked lips until the final instalment in the Harry Potter saga (see above), but Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – aka Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter – have been named the highest-earning on-screen couple of the last five years.
Grint and Watson’s last four outings as Ron and Hermione (technically, not all as a couple but we all saw those longing looks, right?) have pulled in a total of $4.2 billion.
That compares with $2.5 billion for their nearest rivals, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – Bella and Edward in the Twilight teen vampire movies – and $1.5 billion for Transformers twosome Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who starred in the first two films together before Fox was replaced as LaBeouf’s love interest by Rosie Huntington-Whitely.
After just one film together the latter pairing are already in fifth place in the table, according to Forbes magazine, and with a fourth instalment reportedly in the works, LaBeouf could potentially end up overtaking himself in this rather rickety construct.
So what can we learn from these findings? That the couple who stay together pay together, perhaps? That taking a relationship slowly pays dividends in the long term, maybe? Or that, on a Friday, any story featuring our favourite eight-part fantasy franchise is fair game?