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12-10-2013, 07:39 AM
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Most Over Paid Actors

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American comedian Adam Sandler topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's most-overpaid actors, commanding a high up-front fee while delivering middling returns, the magazine said on Monday.

Sandler, 47, the star of recent comedies "Jack & Jill" and "That's My Boy," dethroned Eddie Murphy for the dubious distinction. Forbes estimated that Sandler's last three films returned an average of $3.40 for every dollar he was paid.

Murphy topped last year's list, returning an average of $2.30 at the box office for each dollar earned.

Katherine Heigl, who starred in the poorly performing films "Killers" and "One for the Money," placed slightly behind Sandler, returning an average of $3.50 per every dollar she earned. ...

Reese Witherspoon, the star of recent films "Water for Elephants" and "This Means War," was third on this list, with an average return of $3.90 for every dollar she was paid.

Nicholas Cage was fourth, with a $6 average return, and comedian Kevin James was fifth, returning an average of $6.10.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...ertainmentNews

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Sandler only recently started underperforming at the box office. For years, he was easy money for the studios. Pay him a bunch of money. Come up with a goofy character and let him hire all of his friends. Pretty easy money for a studio head.

Can't fault the studios for riding that gravy train as long as they did.

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Sandler only recently started underperforming at the box office. For years, he was easy money for the studios. Pay him a bunch of money. Come up with a goofy character and let him hire all of his friends. Pretty easy money for a studio head.

Can't fault the studios for riding that gravy train as long as they did.
You do know that most of Sandler's films were made by his own studio Happy Madison right?

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Sandler only recently started underperforming at the box office. For years, he was easy money for the studios. Pay him a bunch of money. Come up with a goofy character and let him hire all of his friends. Pretty easy money for a studio head. Can't fault the studios for riding that gravy train as long as they did.
Agreed and this did not include Grown Ups 2.

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With the exception of Click, Adam Sandler hasn't had a good movie since The Longest Yard.

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With the exception of Click, Adam Sandler hasn't had a good movie since The Longest Yard.
Agreed, but his movies aren't about being good. They're about making $.

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Agreed, but his movies aren't about being good. They're about making $.
Sadly, that's true. Once upon a time, they were both.

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all of them. period.

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Still flabbergasted that Sandler didn't capitalize on his glowing reviews in Punch-Drunk Love and take his career in another direction. More money in terrible comedies, I suppose.

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With the exception of Click, Adam Sandler hasn't had a good movie since The Longest Yard.
I thought Grown Ups was great (not the sequel)

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I thought Grown Ups was great (not the sequel)
I'm surprised there was a sequel. I thought it was a joke at first.

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Grown Ups was brutal. So glad to see he is on the top of the list after putting out that insulting money grab.

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Didn't expect to see Reese Witherspoon floundering with the Sandler/Heigl/Cage types, but I guess it's true that she hasn't really done much of anything good since her Oscar. Kinda going the Halle Berry route, it seems.

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Nick Cage. He hasn't been good in years.

Is there a flipside to this? Which actor/actress gives the most bang for the buck?

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Nick Cage. He hasn't been good in years.

Is there a flipside to this? Which actor/actress gives the most bang for the buck?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothyp...-for-the-buck/

Take it for what it is, especially since Natalie Portman is #1 and Kristen Stewart #2 on that list.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothyp...-for-the-buck/

Take it for what it is, especially since Natalie Portman is #1 and Kristen Stewart #2 on that list.
Ah I see. Lots of them are successful due to franchises. Got it. But Kevin James is on that list as 22.40. Guess a year changes a lot eh?

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I don't think people realize sometimes just how lean Reese Witherspoon's career is.

Here IMDB "Known From" list is:

1. Walk The Line
2. Legally Blonde
3. This Means War
4. Monsters Vs. Aliens voice work

She's also done Just Like Heaven with Mark Ruffalo, How Do You Know? with Owen Wilson, and Election.

I enjoy Reese Witherspoon and she is set with 3 kids so she probably doesn't care too much about furthering her career but I can't see anyone expecting to make a lot of money off of her at the box office anymore.


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I don't think people realize sometimes just how lean Reese Witherspoon's career is.

Here IMDB "Known From" list is:

1. Walk The Line
2. Legally Blonde
3. This Means War
4. Monsters Vs. Aliens voice work

She's also done Just Like Heaven with Mark Ruffalo, How Do You Know? with Owen Wilson, and Election.

I enjoy Reese Witherspoon and she is set with 3 kids but I can't see anyone expecting to make a lot of money off of her at the box office anymore.
I don't see Cruel Intentions on that list. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised, a certain scene between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair stole the show.

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My little pea brain can't figure out how this works. Isn't bringing home $2.30 for every dollar earned still making a sizable profit (1 X 2.3) for a studio? What am I missing?

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Did these lists take into account the budget for the films?

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My little pea brain can't figure out how this works. Isn't bringing home $2.30 for every dollar earned still making a sizable profit (1 X 2.3) for a studio? What am I missing?
Assuming your only expense is one actor.

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My little pea brain can't figure out how this works. Isn't bringing home $2.30 for every dollar earned still making a sizable profit (1 X 2.3) for a studio? What am I missing?
Giving 43% of what you earn to one actor, not accounting for any other costs is absolutely terrible.

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I'd like to see a list of most overpaid directors/producers, and compare them to the films which the most overpaid actors star in. Perhaps shed some light on who bears most of the responsibility for the low box office yield relative to pay.

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I don't think people realize sometimes just how lean Reese Witherspoon's career is.

Here IMDB "Known From" list is:

1. Walk The Line
2. Legally Blonde
3. This Means War
4. Monsters Vs. Aliens voice work

She's also done Just Like Heaven with Mark Ruffalo, How Do You Know? with Owen Wilson, and Election.

I enjoy Reese Witherspoon and she is set with 3 kids so she probably doesn't care too much about furthering her career but I can't see anyone expecting to make a lot of money off of her at the box office anymore.
Sweet Home Alabama and the second Legally Blonde also made a ton of money. She was in Pleasantville, Fear, Freeway and American Psycho too. I prefer her early career stuff. She has certainly set herself up perfectly for a good career, going from edgy stuff to a modern day Doris Day, but she's not 29 anymore.

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