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The combination of a disaster film with a romantic subplot often doesn’t work well, said Greta Hsu, a professor at University of California, Davis, whose research looks at the tradeoffs of combining different film genres.

“It’s a big risk,” Hsu told ABC News. “On average, films that tend to combine … tend to suffer.”

Hsu said studios will often try to combine different film genres as a way to ensure there’s a large “broad, diverse audience” in order for the films to “recoup their investments.”

“The idea is that they’re going to bring in different demographics,” Hsu explained. “And there’s a reason why disaster and romance seem to go together well. They’re very emotional kind of story lines. The plot lines … often reinforce one another.”