Forbes’ Most Overpaid Actor 2012 in Hollywood is Eddie Murphy (Top 10 List)

By on Dec 5, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, United States Comments

The most overpaid actor in Hollywood for 2012 is Eddie Murphy, according to Forbes, which released its Top 10 Most Overpaid Actors list on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Murphy, 51, also led the list of ForbesTop 10 Most Overpaid Actors list last year, tied with Drew Barrymore.

Eddie Murphy Tower Heist

Eddie Murphy in ‘Tower Heist’ movie
Image Credit: Universal Pictures

As noted by Forbes, the last three films of Eddie Murphy such as ‘Imagine That, A Thousand Words,’ ‘Meet Dave,’ and ‘Tower Heist,’ which was released in November 2011, were all considered as flop films. The three of them had an average of $2.30 at the box office for every $1 paid to him.

According to the report, ‘Tower Heist‘ was aimed to be a comeback movie for Murphy, who backed out from hosting the 2012 Oscars, but it only earned $153 million. Its estimated production budget was $75 million, plus a couple of millions more for the marketing of the film, wherein a film should earn at least twice to call it a profit.

On the other hand, Katherine Heigl, who is a first timer in this Forbes‘ list, landed on the second spot. Her last three movies were estimated to have made an average of $3.40 at the box office for every $1 paid to her, with Forbes noting that they now used the data from the last three films, instead of the usual last five films.

Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon, whose last three movies were estimated to have made an average of $3.90 at the box office for every $1 paid to her, landed on the third spot on this year’s list. Her 2010 film ‘How Do You Know‘ reportedly made only $49 million at the box office, but had a $120 million production budget.

Sandra Bullock, who won the Oscar‘s Best Actress award in 2009 for the movie ‘The Blind Side,’ which is also a box-office hit, landed on the fourth spot. Apparently, Forbes noted that her 2009 movie ‘All About Steve‘ and 2011’s ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close‘ did not earned much in the box-office.

Jack Black, whose recent films include ‘Bernie‘ and ‘The Big Year‘ reportedly had an average return of only $5.20 for every $1 he was paid, landed on the fifth spot. The rest of Top 10 Most Overpaid Actors for 2012 are Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller, and Sarah Jessica Parker.



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