Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors

These stars get paid millions to make box-office bombs

Published: Jan 13, 2012 06:05:42 AM IST
Updated: Feb 20, 2014 05:55:32 PM IST

Did you plop down $13.50 to see Drew Barrymore’s film Everybody’s Fine a couple of years ago? Few did. The movie grossed $16 million on a budget of $21 million. A string of flops has made her the most overpaid actor in show business, returning only 40 cents for every $1 she was paid. Eddie Murphy — he of Oscars-host letdown — is the second most overpaid actor on our list. True, he earned back $2.70 for every dollar invested in his recent career. That’s not so bad taken on its own. But compared with Shia LaBeouf’s return of $81 for every $1 paid, it’s more dreck than Shrek.

 We used information gathered for the Forbes Celebrity 100 list to calculate actors’ compensations on their last three (non-animated) films and divided by the total operating income to see which stars aren’t earning their pay.

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(This story appears in the 20 January, 2012 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Varundeep

    Strange to see Tom Cruise on the list......................

    on Feb 1, 2013
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