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On March 25, The Lost City hit the movie theaters in the United States. The storyline is a little unexpected since it takes a reclusive author on an exotic adventure that changes her world forever. The success that came with this movie has impressed everyone.

Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock‘s chemistry is credited with The Lost City beating The Batman by $10.5 million at the box office. To explain its success, you must look at the chemistry that is blatantly obvious between the main characters and the adventure that they go on together.

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum smiling
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum | David M. Benett/Getty Images

‘The Lost City’ makes sparks on many levels

For a rom-com, The Lost City surpassed most expectations. The story is simple. Loretta Sage (Bullock) is an author who writes adventure stories. Her cover model is Alan (Tatum). She gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax (played by Daniel Radcliffe) who thinks she can lead him to a lost treasure. Although not a huge part, Brad Pitt also makes an appearance as Jack Trainer, a former Navy SEAL who is undeniably handsome.  

The movie producers and cast filmed it on location in the Dominican Republic during coronavirus (COVID-19) when most movies were being put on hold. Aaron and Adam Nee directed it. Some of the movie’s success can be linked to the action, the romance, and its outstanding cast.

With such an impressive lineup of stars, The Lost City cost a whopping $68 million to create, which is expensive for a rom-com, according to Variety. However, it is more than a simple romantic comedy that is described as a combination between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone since viewers will be transported into the wilderness along with Bullock and Tatum to overcome dangers, including leeches, and watch the sparks fly between this unexpected duo.

What happened on opening weekend?

Romantic comedies were once flooding theaters, but several years ago, the industry put romance to rest. Therefore, the budget for this film, and the response to it on opening weekend, surprised everyone.

In its first weekend, The Lost City earned an impressive $31 million in ticket sales in the United States. Most of this is attributed to the fact that Paramount promoted, not just the movie, but the undeniable chemistry between Tatum and Bullock.

Regardless of what made it such a hit, The Lost City took the movie, The Batman, down from its three-weekend run in the No 1 spot. Considering The Lost City managed to make about $10.5 million more than The Batman on opening weekend, everyone is taking notice of it, especially producers. Everyone wants to see how much more it can do!

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Chris Aronson, Paramount’s president, says that The Lost City has exceeded his expectations and that “It’s great to see us and [Bullock and Tatum] rewarded for taking a risk.”

Indeed, the success of The Lost City is making waves in the movie industry as other movie producers are taking notice of this romantic comedy’s success. It has proven that moviegoers will go to the theater for romantic comedies and action, even if it doesn’t show a lot of nudity.

This is something that Netflix has already figured out since they have released several Netflix Original rom-coms in recent times. Some popular movie titles include About Time, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Kissing Booth, Always Be My Maybe, and more.

There have been hints already that The Lost City may one day have a part two. With this movie’s success, anything is possible, but fans will have to wait to find out for sure.