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Forbes Names Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors

In Hollywood many actors have had the success of being heavy hitters within the box office, whereas others have come in at the very bottom. Well, according to Forbes, here’s a list of top actors that are considered “overpaid,” based on their last three projects in Hollywood.

Topping the very first spot at #1 is none other than comedic actor Eddie Murphy, who has experienced some major flops within the last few years like Meet Dave, Imagine That, A Thousand Words and last year’s Tower Heist. Sadly, Murphy’s last film failed to be a hit at the box office, with earnings of $153 million, on an estimated budget of $75 million. If we average every $1 Murphy made for his last three films, at the box office there is only an average of $2.30 returned.

Katherine Heigl is very new to the list coming in at #2. Heigl has been known for hits like The Ugly Truth, One For The Money, Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, all in which were great films, however, her last three movies brought in only an average of $3.40 on return. But there is some hope for the funny, yet beautiful star, with her next release The Big Wedding set to hit theaters in April.

Coming in at #3, Reese Witherspoon on average brings in a return of $3.90. The blonde bombshell is by far one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood, but based on her last three projects she still one of the most overpaid actresses. In 2010, Witherspoon starred in one of the worst-performing films of the year called How Do You Know. The budget was $120 million, but the film only grossed $49 million, while the remainder went to pay for the salaries of co-stars Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd, along with Witherspoon.

Sandra Bullock made the list at fourth place surprisingly, with such great hits as The Blind Side that earned globally $310 million at the box office and has been named one of the most profitable films of the year. Unfortunately, Bullock’s last two films, All About Steve and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close bombed at the box office, leaving her with a $5 return for every $1 she was paid.

Jack Black makes an entry in fifth place with only a return of $5.20 for every $1 the funny actor was paid. With his last year’s comedy The Big Year it was a complete flop, only earning $7 million for a comedy that starred big-name stars like Owen Wilson and Steve Martin. One would have thought Black’s film would be a hit, but there’s always next year.

Source: Forbes

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New York February / March 2014
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