Forbes has just released its list of the Top Ten Most Overpaid Hollywood Actors, and winning the lead is comedian Adam Sandler, who has taken the spot for two years now.
Based on Forbes’ calculations, for every $1 Sandler was paid in, he returned with an average of $3.20. Though his latest movie, "Grown Ups 2," was a hit, it apparently wasn’t good enough to compensate for the losses from his two other films, "Jack and Jill" and "That's My Boy."
This news just wraps up what is to be a let-down for Sandler this year. According to The Playlist, Sandler’s May 2014 comedy movie with Drew Barrymore, "Blended," opened in third place at the box office and was not well-received. His indie movies "Men, Women & Children" and "The Cobbler" were also not well received.
Right behind Sandler is Johnny Depp, whose past three films returned $4.10 for every $1 he was paid. Though his "The Pirates of the Caribbean" films were considered big hits and have earned a total of $3.7 billion at the global box office, he has reportedly been overpaid for "The Lone Ranger" and "Dark Shadows."
Coming up as third is Ben Stiller, who returned an average of $4.80 for every $1 he was paid. Stiller’s 2013 movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" earned $180 million, which is double the movie’s budget. However, his two other movies, "The Watch" and "Tower Heist" were rated as "outright flops."
To compile its list of the Top Ten Most Overpaid Hollywood Actors, Forbes uses the earnings estimates from its Celebrity 100 list. They look at each actor’s three latest films dated before June 2014, excluding animated films, movies with cameos or small roles and movies released on no fewer than 2,000 screens. Afterwards, each film’s budget and revenue, often as referenced from Box Office Mojo, are looked over to come up with its operating income. After adding up each actor’s total compensation for the movies and its operating income, it is then divided to get the final number on the return of investment.
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