The whimsical, teen-oriented adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (2006) featured Amanda Bynes as Viola, a soccer-loving girl who wants to prove she’s good enough to compete with — and beat — the boys. So, Bynes becomes “the man,” posing as her twin brother Sebastian, attending his private school, and joining the men’s soccer team. Her roommate? Toss in Tatum as Duke, a talented, muscled soccer player who is secretly socially awkward. She’s the Man showed off Tatum’s funny side, as well as his ability to bicycle kick. The film didn't soar at the box office, but it didn't flop either, garnering $57.2 million worldwide.
Tatum’s breakout role was as Tyler Gage in the 2006 dance drama Step Up. The film follows Tatum’s character, who vandalizes a performing arts school, gets caught, is sentenced to community service at the school and ultimately discovers his love for dance through the scope of his initially begrudging companionship with Nora (then known as Jenna Dewan), a dancer at the school. Fun fact: Tatum later married his film sweetheart (now Jenna Dewan-Tatum). Step Up grossed $114.2 million.
Stop-Loss (2008), which wasn't a hit at the box office ($11.2 million), was about a group of soldiers who are redeployed to the war front almost immediately after completing a tour of duty in Iraq. Tatum played Sgt. Steve Shriver.
'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) starred Tatum as Duke, a young soldier recruited to help save the world from the evil organization Cobra. The movie raked in serious profits, grossing $302.5 million and topping the domestic charts in its opening weekend.
Tatum co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the 2010 romance drama Dear John (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name). The film, about a soldier (Tatum) and a young woman (Seyfried) who exchange letters to each other after he is deployed, amassed a whopping $115 million total worldwide.
Tatum had a feature role in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, which starred Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He played Martin Taylor — the husband of the film’s main character, Emily (Mara) — and the film begins as he is released from a four-year prison sentence for insider trading. The 2013 movie grossed $63.4 million.
In the 2012 action film Haywire, which follows the (violent) exploits of international agent Mallory Kane (Gina Carano), Tatum played an agent, Aaron, who is at odds with Carano’s character. The film grossed $33.4 million worldwide.
Tatum starred as Leo in 2012’s Valentine’s Day chick flick The Vow. The film, based on a real story, follows Leo as he undergoes the trials and tribulations of his wife’s (Rachel McAdams) coma — trying with all his might to jog her memory and ultimately reignite her love for him. The film grossed $196.1 million worldwide.
'21 Jump Street'
Tatum tackled the role of Jenko in 2012’s buddy cop comedy 21 Jump Street — a reboot of the ’80s TV crime drama of the same name. In a review, THR commended Tatum, “an introspective actor not thought of as an exuberant funnyman,” for his “loose, mischievous performance.” The film grossed $201.6 million, and its sequel 22 Jump Street opened June 12 to $5.5 million — the highest-testing R-rated comedy in Sony’s history.
THR said that 2012’s Magic Mike, inspired by Tatum’s pre-Hollywood experiences as a male stripper at 18 years old, not only showcased the star in “one of his better roles,” but was also “arguably the raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental American movie about selling sex since Boogie Nights.” Both he and the film, which was inspired by Tatum's time as a stripper, were hits, and the movie grossed $167.2 million.
'White House Down'
The 2013 action film starred Tatum opposite Jamie Foxx — with Tatum playing an ex-Marine turned Capitol cop and Foxx playing the president of the United States — and followed the duo in their quest to survive and conquer as the White House and the Capitol fall under attack. THR compared Tatum’s performance to that of Bruce Willis in Die Hard, adding that “it’s a snug fit for Tatum, who strikes the right balance between everyman screw-up and quick-thinking, fearless dynamo.” The film struggled at the U.S. box office, but earned $205.4 million worldwide.
'22 Jump Street'
In 22 Jump Street, Tatum returns alongside co-star Jonah Hill to reprise his role as Jenko. Phil Lord, one of the movie’s directors, told THR that the sequel makes evident Tatum’s chops as a “gifted comedian.… There’s no ego in his comedy. He’s willing to put himself on the tracks for a joke. A lot of folks who make their bread and butter by being handsome and charming don’t want to do that. That’s not who Channing is — Channing’s a modest hero, and that’s part of what makes him so funny.”
Tatum stars as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher, based on the true story of the bizarre relationship between Schultz, John du Pont (Steve Carrell) and older brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) … one that ultimately leads to murder. The film made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and will be released November 14 in the United States. THR hailed the screeplay as “superb … making some very diverse characters psychologically plausible.” As for Tatum: “[He is] a smoldering, festering piece of emotional raw meat.… You feel his pain.”
Originally set to release July 18, Jupiter Ascending will now hit theaters in February 2015. The film is an intergalactic thriller, co-starring Tatum and Mila Kunis. Kunis plays the movie’s protagonist, Jupiter, an otherwise normal housekeeper on Earth, until Tatum’s character, Caine — a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, comes from elsewhere in the universe with a life-changing message: She is space royalty.