On Wednesday Forbes released their annual “Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors” list, and Johnny Depp is in the lead for the second year in a row. Each year, Forbes calculates which Hollywood actors are the most overpaid, usually consisting of Hollywood male leads such as Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise. The 2016 ranking is no different, although it does include Julia Roberts as the only woman listed.
Forbes’ method for the ranking goes as follows: “We looked at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2016, save animated films, movies where the actor appeared in an insignificant role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens. We did not examine folks unless they had starred in a new eligible movie since last year's scoring period. We then deducted the estimated production budget from the global box office for each film according to Box Office Mojo to come up with a limited definition of each movie’s operating income. We took the total operating income from the star's three most recent significant films then divided by the star's estimated pay for those films to come up with a final return on investment number.”
Basically, Forbes figures out which Hollywood stars are getting paid more than their films are raking in at the box office. Of course, the list is not intended to suggest these actors are not deserving of their success.
Hollywood’s top 5 Most Overpaid Actors for 2016 are:
For Forbes’ full 2016 list of Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors, go here.
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