Who are the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood? It might not be who you think, because it's not the stars who makes the most money. What makes an actor bankable is how much they earn compared to how much the movie makes. They had to appear in three films in the last five years, not including animated films. (Forbes.com has the details if you're interested.)
For instance, for every $1 Drew Barrymore is paid, her films return an average of 40 cents. She's not one of highest paid actors, but her recent movies have pretty much bombed. That makes her the #1 most overpaid actor, followed by Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell and Reese Witherspoon.
Actors who made the most money were: Leonardo DeCaprio who raked in $77 million, Johnny Depp made $50 million and Adam Sandler made $40 million; while Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker both earned $30 million each this year.
Here are the Top 10 Most Bankable Stars in Hollywood and their earnings for every $1 paid.
1. Kristen Stewart ($55.83)
2. Anne Hathaway ($45.67)
3. Robert Pattinson ($39.43)
4. Daniel Radcliffe ($34.24)
5. Shia LaBeouf ($29.40)
6. Robert Downey, Jr. ($18.74)
7. Matt Damon ($15.83)
8. Cate Blanchett ($15.17)
9. Meryl Streep ($13.54)
10. Johnny Depp ($12.48)
Forbes says, "The Twilight movies are more than a cultural sensation, they're a financial phenomenon. The latest, Breaking Dawn, has ranked No. 1 at the U.S. box office for the past three weekends and has already earned $588 million worldwide. The entire franchise has brought in $2.4 billion so far and there's still one more movie set for release next year."
"It's been a lot of reward for relatively little outlay. The first two movies were produced for $37 million and $50 million, respectively. The current film is the most expensive to date with an estimated budget of $110 million. Part of the reason the budget has risen is that stars Kristen Steward and Robert Pattinson are getting paid more for playing Bella and her vampire boyfriend Edward, but they're still not getting the $20 million paychecks that some big stars can command."
"That's why the Twilight stars land so high on the Forbes list of Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck, with Kristen Stewart at No. 1. For every $1 Stewart is paid her films earn an average $55.83. Pattinson ranks third with his films bringing in an average of $39.43 for every dollar he is paid."
"How does Stewart beat Pattinson when they earn virtually identical salaries on their Twilight films? For the purpose of this list we look at each star's last three major releases in the last five years, and Pattinson has been busier than Stewart. He starred in two non-Twilight projects in the past two years:Remember Me and Water for Elephants. Neither film performed particularly well and that pulled down the average return on investment for Pattinson."