Dear JohnIt wasn't some rock 'em, sock 'em action flick that knocked 'Avatar' off the top of the box-office charts; and it wasn't a broad, gross-out Judd Apatow comedy, either. All it took was an old-fashioned, tear-jerker romance like 'Dear John,' which took in $32 million to 'Avatar''s $23 million last weekend.

It seems like a no-brainer now, but despite being panned by critics, Lasse Hallstrom's tearful romance between Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum has proven an old Hollywood truism: you can't fake chemistry. And with the onset of Valentine's Day there's no better way to pack moviegoers into the theater than a romance.

In fact, if a new report from Forbes is any indication, a steamy love story is the best bet to launch a franchise into the box-office stratosphere.
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