These Hollywood stars command million-dollar fees for their appearances but are they really worth it? Top 10 Films takes a look at how much studios earned from their star performers in 2013…
We all know that Hollywood actors and actresses can command incredible fees for their film roles, but do the studios really get value for money on their stars? With movie makers like Sony only recouping about half of the value of box office receipts from a film, an expensive flop can seriously damage business. Recent figures from Box Office Mojo have helped us compile this list of the most overpaid Hollywood actors.
By working out the difference between these stars’ wages and the box office takings generated by their last three films, you can calculate the return on each dollar paid out by the studios. So here’s the Top 10 of wasteful talent from 2013:
10. Ryan Reynolds
He may be smooth but his days as a leading Hollywood actor seem to be almost over. After a series of flops it will surely be difficult for him to command high fees, although he still managed to bring in a respectable $10.70 for every $1 he was paid.
9. Matt Damon
Even the much beloved Matt Damon has struggled in 2013. Without a Bourne film in sight, and with slightly more leftfield choices such as Behind The Candelabra, Matt matched Jen with $10.60 for every $1 he was paid.
8. Jennifer Aniston
For every Horrible Bosses, there’s a Wanderlust with our Jen, but she still managed to bring in $10.60 per every $1 she was paid, which is a pretty good return for someone who has been increasingly typecast over the years.
7. Steve Carell
A hugely respected and remunerated comic actor, but Carell doesn’t hit an Anchorman every time, and 2013 was pretty disappointing, bringing in only $10 per $1 paid.
6. Denzel Washington
We all love a bit of Denzel, but even though he’s a worthy (and very highly-paid) actor, it seems a lot of his films struggle to give good box office, with a paltry $8.30 per $1 paid.
5. Kevin James
With a return of $6.10 for every $1 he was paid, the massive flop Here Comes The Boom put paid to James’ reputation as a sure-fire movie winner.
4. Nicolas Cage
If it wasn’t for animated hit The Croods and its franchised products, which include a successful computer game, our Nic would really be in trouble. The Frozen Ground could only bring in $6 for every $1 he was paid, but Cage will be encouraged by the critical reception garnered by new film Joe, which will hit cinemas shortly.
3. Reese Witherspoon
Another actress who seemed on an inexorable rise to Hollywood glory, Witherspoon had to endure poor box office receipts and getting arrested for disorderly conduct in 2013. Bringing in just $3.90 for every $1 she was paid, the acclaimed Mud signals a new but less profitable career direction.
2. Katherine Heigl
A surprise entrant to the list, Heigl has struggled to match the success of the brilliant Knocked Up. Returning a paltry $3.50 for every $1 spent on her wages, the days of her being touted as a major romantic star seem a long time ago. Particularly for anyone who’s seen 2013’s The Big Wedding.
1. Adam Sandler
Returning only $3.40 for every $1 he’s paid, Sandler takes top spot in our most overpaid chart. With three huge flops in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – the painfully execrable Jack & Jill, That’s My Boy and Grown Ups 2 – the king of route one, gross-out comedy will be hoping for a hit in 2014. Although it seems he’s getting paid the big bucks anyway, so maybe he’s not really that bothered.