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Adam Sandler Named Most Overpaid Actor

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Every year, Forbes Magazine calculates how much our movie stars are actually worth. Using data collected from Celebrity 100 research and Box Office Mojo, along with the star’s last three films, they are able to determine just how much each star earned at the box office per dollar of pay.

This year Adam Sandler was named the top overpaid actor, making $15 million per film. Sandler’s movies, Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy , were the culprits that landed him at the top of the list. Jack & Jill grossed $150 million but the film cost an estimated $80 million to make, leaving only a mere $70 million for Sony. The same thing happened with That’s My Boy when it only grossed $57 million and cost $70 million to make. Sandler’s latest movie, Grown Ups 2, actually did quite well at the box office grossing $246 million with a budget of $80 million. However the cut off for the movies that Forbes considers is June 1, and Grown Ups 2 was not released until July.

“We estimate that for every dollar Sandler was paid on his last three movies, the films returned an average of $3.40,” Forbes‘ Dorothy Pomerantz wrote.

Below is Forbes’ complete list of overpaid actors:

1. Adam Sandler ($3.40)
2. Katherine Heigl ($3.50)
3. Reese Witherspoon ($3.90)
4. Nicholas Cage ($6.00)
5. Kevin James ($6.10)
6. Denzel Washington ($8.30)
7. Steve Carell ($10.00)
8. Jennifer Aniston ($10.60)
9. Matt Damon ($10.60)
10. Ryan Reynolds ($10.70)

This was the first year that Kevin James and Steve Carrell made the list, and that is in part due to their most recent movie flops, Here Comes the Boom and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

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Adam Sandler Named Most Overpaid Actor
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  • Seriously

    Remove Denzel and Matt and add Brad Pitt and George Clooney and then I will still not agree UNTIL Katherine is #1.