Drew Barrymore tops Forbes’ 2011 list of Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors. For every $1 the 36 year-old actress was paid in salary her recent films have returned an average of 40 cents.
OUCH. Drew’s “Lucky You” (2007) earned only $8 million, while “Everybody’s Fine” (2009) earned $16 million. The movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” produced by the actress made $180 million globally, but it was not considered because she wasn’t the star of the movie.
The Top 10 Most Overpaid Actors were found between the 40 highest-earning actors who starred in at least three movies that opened in more than 500 theaters in the past five years. Animated movies weren’t taken into consideration, so that’s how Eddie Murphy, who gave voice to Donkey in the “Shrek” movies, became the second most overpaid actor.
Actor Will Ferrell, who topped this list for the past two years, dropped to third place with an average of $3.50 earnings for each dollar paid. Will is closely followed by Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon. Tom Cruise and his ex-wife Nicole Kidman close the list in ninth and tenth place, respectively.
2011 Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors:
- Drew Barrymore ($.40)
- Eddie Murphy ($2.70)
- Will Ferrell ($3.50)
- Reese Witherspoon ($3.55)
- Denzel Washington ($4.25)
- Nicolas Cage ($4.40)
- Adam Sandler ($5.20)
- Vince Vaughn ($5.20)
- Tom Cruise ($6.35)
- Nicole Kidman ($6.70)
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