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Eddie Murphy Is Dubbed the Most Overpaid Actor in Hollywood by Forbes

December 5, 2012 (1:51 am) GMT
The 'Tower Heist' actor claims the title because for every $1 he is paid for his last three movies, the money only returns an average of $2.30 on box office.
Eddie Murphy

Who's Hollywood's most overpaid actor in 2012? Forbes officially releases its top ten list of overpaid actors with topping the chart. The "Dr. Dolittle" star places first on the list for starring in some not-so-successful films in these past few years including "", "", "" and "". The last mentioned film even joined the list of worst-reviewed films ever earlier this year.

The financial-oriented magazine compiles the list based on how much money an actor grossed for their last three film projects. The result is then compared to the ticket sales of those movies. A film has to gross at least twice as much as production budget in ticket sales to turn a profit. With that calculation, for every dollar Murphy was paid for his recent projects, the money only returned an average of $2.30 on box office.

Trailing behind Murphy is , whose recent flicks, including "" and "", only pocketed an average of $3.40 for every dollar she earned. lands on the third spot with an average $3.90 for every dollar she's paid from such movies as "" and "".

Surprisingly, makes it to the list by landing on the fourth place with a $5 return for every $1 she's paid. Bullock starred in one of the biggest films in 2009, "". However, her two other films in the last three years suffered major flops on box office. They were "" and "".

Meanwhile, rounds up the top five for returning only $5.20 for every $1 he grossed. His 2011 comedy, "", barely registered on box office though it starred such actors as and . The movie only bagged $7 million in total.

Forbes' Top 10 Most Overpaid Actors:

  1. (movies grossed $2.30 for every $1 paid)
  2. ($3.40 for every $1 paid)
  3. ($3.90 for every $1 paid)
  4. ($5 for every $1 paid)
  5. ($5.20 for every $1 paid)
  6. ($6 for every $1 paid)
  7. ($6.30 for every $1 paid)
  8. ($6.30 for every $1 paid)
  9. ($6.50 for every $1 paid)
  10. ($7 for every $1 paid)


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