Being one of Hollywood’s top paid actors doesn’t guarantee all of your movies will be financially successful. Forbes recently compiled a list of the industry’s most overpaid stars, based on the performance and budget of the last three films each actor starred in before June 2015. Below, check out 5 actors who earned the least bang for their buck:
5. Will Smith
Though his recent movies have done fairly well (Focus earned $159 million against a $50 million budget), Smith’s huge paychecks mean that even the relatively decent grosses don’t translate to great returns. The actor only currently earns about $8.60 at the box office for every $1 paid.
4. Liam Neeson
The action star struck gold again with Taken 3, which earned $326.5 million against $48 million. But his average returns were affected by the disappointing performance of Run All Night, which only grossed $71.6 million against a $50 million budget. He’s currently returning about $7.20 for every $1 paid.
3. Will Ferrell
The comedic actor had a box office win this year in Get Hard, which grossed $111 million against a $40 million budget. But that wasn’t enough to raise his average from the fledgling returns on Anchorman 2 and The Campaign. His final tally? He currently only returns around $6.80 for every $1 paid.
2. Denzel Washington
Though The Equalizer ended up grossing $192 million at the box office, the huge expense of his recent movies and the coinciding big paychecks made Washington’s returns less impressive. According to Forbes, he only returns about $6.50 for every $1 paid, as of this year.
1. Johnny Depp
Per Forbes, Depp only earned about $1.20 at the box office for every $1 that he was paid this year. Two recent significant box office failures on his resume: Mortdecai, which earned terrible reviews, grossed just $47 million against a $60 million budget and Transcendence, which only barely made its $100 million production back in ticket costs. Despite each movie’s financial loss, Depp still got paid millions per movie, earning him the top spot on Forbes’ ranking of overpaid actors.
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