Most overpaid actors in Hollywood in 2015, ranked by box office revenue per dollar of their pay (in U.S. dollars)

The statistic presents a ranking of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood in 2015. Liam Neeson ranks fourth on the list - his most recent movies generated on average 7.2 dollars box office revenue for every dollar of his pay. Tom Cruise ranked tenth with 13.6 dollars per a dollar of his pay. He was also one of the best paid actors in 2016.


Most overpaid actors in Hollywood - additional information

Actors in Hollywood do not always achieve or maintain fame and high salaries through stellar performances. Forbes’ annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood is compiled by comparing how much an actor’s three most recent films grossed as compared to how much the actor was paid for the movie. The most overpaid actor on the list was Johnny Depp , whose recent movies include the box office flops "Mortdecai” and “Transcendence”. Movies like these only generated an average of $1.2 in box office revenue for every dollar that Depp was paid.
Despite being among the most overpaid, Liam Neeson's success with recent films such as “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Taken 3” helped him also end up on the list of best-paid actors in Hollywood, keeping company with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey Jr..
Christian Bale and Ben Affleck also occupy spots on both lists, demonstrating the price studios are willing to pay for the opportunity of creating a hit film based on star quality and past performances.
However, none of the actors on the most overpaid list for 2013 come close to Drew Barrymore’s 2011 figure of a return of 40 cents per dollar paid to the actress. Barrymore did not qualify for the 2013 list because she did not make enough movies in the sample period, as noted by the Guardian.

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 Box office revenue per dollar of pay
Johnny Depp 1.2
Denzel Washington 6.5
Will Ferrell 6.8
Liam Neeson 7.2
Will Smith 8.6
Christian Bale 9.2
Channing Tatum 10.8
Brad Pitt 12
Ben Affleck 12.3
Tom Cruise 13.6
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