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Denzel Washington finds himself among Hollywood’s 10 most overpaid actors…according to numbers crunched by Forbes magazine.

The annual list exposes those whose movies bring in the lowest return on the studio’s investment.

Adam Sandler tops the list for the second year in a row, with Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hanks, right behind him.

Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Washington, Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck round out the top 10.

To come up with the list, Forbes uses data from its research for its Celebrity 100 list combined with Box Office Mojo data. They look at the last three movies of the biggest stars in Hollywood and calculate what they were paid and what the movies earned, to produce what is essentially a return-on-investment number for each star.

“We estimate that for every $1 Sandler was paid, he returned an average of $3.20,” the magazine concluded. “Sandler’s latest movie, ‘Grown Ups 2,’ was a hit but it didn’t do well enough to compensate for the losses from ‘Jack and Jill’ and ‘That’s My Boy.’”

By contrast, the next most overpaid actor on the list, Depp, returned $4.10 for every dollar paid. At the bottom of the top 10, Affleck returned $9.37.

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10 thoughts on “Denzel Washington on Forbes’ List of ‘Most Overpaid Actors’

  1. Interesting. When Goldman and the others had to be bailed out by the government, did Forbes, the magazine that celebrates insouciant wealth, put together a list of the ten most overpaid CEOs?

  2. Babyboomer on said:

    Chadwick Boseman gets my vote as the next Denzel. I also like Chiwetel Ejiofor, And lastly, I agree, Idris is already a star.

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