Drew Barrymore & Eddie Murphy Are Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars

November 4, 2011 By:
Drew Barrymore & Eddie Murphy Are Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars

Remember the movies Whip It, Everybody's Fine and Going The Distance? Me neither. Which is exactly why Drew Barrymore is the most overpaid actress in Hollywood.

A-list celebs can make tens of millions for starring in just one movie, and when that movie makes a lot of money, like Pirates of the Caribbean money, their paychecks are totally understandable. But when the movie flops, it's easy for producers to start questioning how much they're paying their stars.

Because they love quantifying our favorite celebs, Forbes has put together a poll naming the most overpaid actors. Both Drew Barrymore and Eddie Murphy top the list. Drew's movies have generated a return of forty cents for every dollar she's paid. For example, Going The Distance earned only $17.8 million in U.S. ticket sales.

Murphy is slightly less overpaid, with his movies returning $2.70 for every dollar. I mean, at least that's a profit. Forbes.com's Dorothy Pomerantz, who put together the list, said that compared to Barrymore, "Murphy is a financial superstar." Murphy currently stars in the flick Tower Heist with Ben Stiller. It's getting decent reviews. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said this about the movie:

"However far-fetched, [the film] is all but irresistible in its criminal legitimacy and its promise of just desserts."

Tower Heist is expected to top the box office this weekend with $26 million. Good news for Murphy and the people that signed his paycheck. But flops like Meet Dave (2008) and Imagine That (2009) don’t help Eddie's status as one of the most overpaid celebs. Then again, with the expected success of his new movie, as well as his upcoming Oscars hosting gig, Murphy might be making a comeback.

Forbes compiled the list from Hollywood's 40 top-paid actors and based it on how much they were paid from their last three films. They also took into consideration the operating income on those films, and wa-la! We have our most overpaid stars.

Oscar winners didn’t get a free pass. Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington and Reese Witherspoon all made the list. Witherspoon's spot was mostly due to the James L. Brooks flop, How Do You Know. Forbes reported that it cost an estimated $120 million to produce, but it only brought in $50 million worldwide. Yikes.

Will Ferrell made the list, but at least he didn't top it off. He topped it off the past two years.

In the end, these actors can take solace in the fact that they're still making the big bucks. Hey, better to be overpaid than underpaid, right?