10 Hollywood Couples Who Turned Real-Life Romance Into Box Office Millions

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Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen are co-stars in Woody Allen’s Cannes-opening feature “Midnight in Paris” — and, reportedly, dating in real life.

Their romance could make everyone involved a lot of money — if it turns out to be anything like these real-life couples’ on-screen partnerships.

Of course, half those arrangements turn out to be publicity stunts.

But casting couples can be a profitable shortcut to chemistry — and the bigger the stars, the better.

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