Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars

December 9, 2016

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Hollywood has enjoyed another successful and profitable year with Disney's Finding Dory topping the list making over $486 million in ticket sales. It's the second year in a row that a Disney movie has grossed the most cash with 2015's biggest movie money-maker Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with $923 million in ticket sales.  Another back-to-back list topper is Johnny Depp, although it’s probably a list he'd rather not be on. According to Forbes, Depp is Hollywood's most overpaid actor for the second year running. Depp's last three movies (including Alice Through the Looking Glass, which totally bombed) returned just $2.80 at the box office for every $1 he was paid. Will Smith came in second with a $5 return at the box office for every $1 he was paid. Number 3 is Channing Tatum with a $6 return for every $1 he was paid. Will Ferrell is 4th with $6.50 in return for every dollar paid and George Clooney rounding out the top 5 with $6.70 return for every dollar earned.  Forbes came up with the cost formula by taking the total operating income of the star's last three most recent and significant films and divided it by the estimated pay for those films. Only one actress made the top, with a #9 ranking for Julia Childs making $10.80 per $1 paid.

SOURCE: Forbes (slide show)

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