Eddie Murphy crowned as the most overpaid actor
Eddie Murphy was once among Hollywood's top box office draws, but he now has the dubious honor of being crowned its most overpaid actor. In Forbes magazine's annual list, determined by the misalignment between star salaries and their films' BO take, Murphy displaced Drew Barrymore for the top spot.hollywood Updated: Dec 05, 2012 12:07 IST
Eddie Murphy was once among Hollywood's top box office draws, but he now has the dubious honor of being crowned its most overpaid actor, according to Forbes magazine.
In its annual list, determined by the misalignment between star salaries and their films' box office take, Murphy, once a one-man gold mine with 1980s hits such as Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop, displaced Drew Barrymore for the top spot.
"Murphy's career has just collapsed," Forbes said, citing such recent box office bombs as Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave.
Weighing box office receipts against paychecks, Forbes calculated that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of just $2.30 at the box office. Murphy was second on the list a year ago.
The cast included two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, as well as actors generally considered solid at the box office such as Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller.
"Washington's films do fine at the box office but he can demand an outsized paycheck on those movies," Forbes noted. His current hit Flight was not included for this year's list.
Washington's return was the same $6.30 calculated for Sandler, whose comedies Forbes said were consistent performers -- except when they're not, such as the disappointing Jack and Jill.
It was the same with Stiller, whom Forbes said "earns so much money per film that one miss can make him seem overpaid. That's what happened with Tower Heist", in which the actor co-starred with -- Eddie Murphy.