Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were married during Magic Mike. Now they’re fighting over the profits.

Dewan’s lawyer argued in a petition filed in California’s Superior Court this month that the “intellectual property” from Magic Mike was developed during the former couple’s marriage and is therefore “community in character”.

The Magic Mike franchise is a multi-million dollar cultural phenomenon, reportedly worth well over $180 million.

Tatum starred and produced in Magic Mike, the first film released back in 2012. The comedy-drama, which was inspired by Tatum’s own stripper past, tells the story of a young male exotic dancer named Mike (Tatum), who is the star at a Tampa strip club. In 2015, Tatum starred in Magic Mike XXL. He returned to the franchise a third time in 2023 in Magic Mike’s Last Dance

In a profile for Vanity Fair in 2023, 43-year-old Tatum was candid about his divorce from Dewan, saying they “fought” for their marriage “for a really long time, even though we both sort of knew that we had sort of grown apart”.

As for Dewan, she said to Women’s Health around the time of the split that she felt as though she was on “a wave of growth”.

“I think everyone wants to hold on to what’s in front of them, but when you open your mind, saying, ‘I want what’s best for myself and my daughter,’ you have to be okay with however that looks. It’s always challenging to go through a big change and have the whole world have an opinion about it.”

As for Tatum post-divorce, he went on to have a relationship with singer Jessie J between 2018 and 2020.