2016 has been a strange year for cinema, from super superhero flights to box office blunders. Even Hollywood's famous faces haven't been able to save bust the ghosts out of some dismal box office performances. So, as the concerned audience member, it is fair to ask "where does all my money go?" Taking a big slice of the budget pie are those actors that we pay the big bucks to go and see, but who should we be asking for refunds from? Here are Hollywood's most overpaid actors of 2016, and the winner is....
Continuing his run of "box office suicide," Johnny Depp is officially Hollywood's most overpaid actor, returning just $2.80 for every $1 he was paid. It all sounds very complicated, but Forbes goes on to explain how they came to their figures, so don't shoot the messenger:
Our rundown of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors looked at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2016, save animated films, movies where the actor appeared in an insignificant role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens. We then deducted the estimated production budget from the global box office for each film according to Box Office Mojo to come up with a limited definition of each movie's operating income. We took the total operating income from the star's most recent significant films then divided by the star's estimated pay for those films to come up with a final return on investment number.
Expect to see "gamblers," "pretty women," and "wolves of Wall Street." So, let's look at the list in full.
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10. Bradley Cooper
Return: $12.10 per $1
Films: Joy, Burnt, Aloha
While Cooper is sure to drop out of the Top 10 thanks to James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, for now he is sadly in the overpaid list. Cooper's recent run of films has undoubtedly been brought down by Jennifer Lawrence team-up Joy, which failed to fill our hearts with it.
9. Julia Roberts
Return: $10.80 per $1
Films: Money Monster, Mother's Day, Secret in Their Eyes
The lone female on the list, can this be taken as good or bad news for the women of Hollywood? Is Julia Roberts on the list because the men of Hollywood get paid far more for their roles, or are the female-first films just doing better? Sadly, it is probably the first one. Either way, the queen of rom-coms appears here thanks to the likes of thriller Money Monster and ensemble Mother's Day.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
Return: $9.90 per $1
Films: The Revenant, Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby
Despite a slew of Oscar nominations, an actual Oscar, and critical acclaim, DiCaprio's ROI isn't that impressive. Large paychecks for his past three films put him at the No.8 spot. That being said, when two of your three performances are The Revenant and Wolf of Wall Street, if I were Leo, I wouldn't be too worried.
7. Mark Wahlberg
Return: $9.20 per $1
Films: Daddy's Home, Ted 2, The Gambler
While Wahlberg's appearance in Transformers: The Last Knight will either drop him off the list or catapult him up it, the macho man's recent run of comedy films hasn't helped him. However, the big loser still comes from 2014's The Gambler, which only just scraped past its $25 million production budget. Wahlberg probably would have ranked even higher on the list if his cameo in Entourage had been included!
6. Adam Sandler
Return: $7.60 per $1
Films: Pixels, Blended, Grown Ups 2
It looks like the funny man just isn't that funny anymore, and Sandler's days of Big Daddy and Drew Barrymore are long behind him. While nowadays most of Sandler's films are made for Netflix or home distribution, he still makes the list with Blended and Grown Ups 2. His biggest bomb definitely comes from 2015's Pixels — a case of Game Over if ever there was one!
5. George Clooney
Return: $6.70 per $1
Films: Hail, Caesar!, Money Monster, Tomorrowland
Once the dashing silver fox of Hollywood, nowadays Clooney fails to pull in the punters. The Coen brothers's Hail, Caesar! was their usual romp, but didn't win over the box office, while Money Monster couldn't cash in. For the top spot though, it was Tomorrowland's eye-watering $190 million budget that saw Clooney's fall from grace.
4. Will Ferrell
Return: $6.50 per $1
Films: Zoolander 2, Daddy's Home, Get Hard
It may be slightly good news for Will Ferrell, dropping from third place last year to No.4, but don't celebrate too soon. The abysmal Zoolander 2 couldn't copy the first film's success, and 15 years after the original it looks like we were bored. In fact, his past three films have all flown in at under 32% on Rotten Tomatoes — ouch. If only he had made Elf 2.
3. Channing Tatum
Return: $6 per $1
Films: Hail Caesar!, Magic Mike XXL, Jupiter Ascending,
Worse news for Channing Tatum, leaping from seventh place last year to steal the bronze. Magic Mike XXL smashed its budget, but mega-flop Jupiter Ascending dragged Tatum up the list. It is a good thing they didn't do that Tatum-lead all-male Ghostbusters. Maybe he should stick to stripping?
2. Will Smith
Return: $5 per $1
Films: Concussion, Focus, The American Can
In second place, is it box office "suicide squad" to include the Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Will Smith's Concussion failed to K.O. audiences but won a host of awards, while Focus survived mainly off its cast. His part as Deadshot in Suicide Squad just misses the mark for the June 2016 inclusion date, but with a bumper salary, it could either have helped or hindered his ranking.
1. Johnny Depp
Return: $2.80 per $1
Films: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Black Mass, Mortdecai
It hasn't been a great year for Johnny Depp, and it is only set to get worse. Miles ahead of the pack (and for the second year running), Johnny Depp's bank balance spells disaster for Hollywood. It was box office bomb Alice Through the Looking Glass that turned back time for the actor's credibility, unhelped by the likes of Black Mass and Mortdecai. Undoubtedly, the cast of Fantastic Beasts will be thinking the same after paying Depp for a tiny cameo in the film and his recent misdemeanors with Amber Heard.
Will the 53-year-old make it third year running in 2017? Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be sink or swim, and I imagine that Disney paid a hefty price to get Capt. Jack back on board. The fourth film still stands as the most expensive film ever made, and Dead Men is likely to continue that trend. With Depp giving you a measly $2.80 per $1, it doesn't give you much to get your popcorn from the lobby.
Check out the trailer for the upcoming Dead Men Tell No Tales, and don't forget our poll below!
Who do you think is Hollywood's most overpaid actor?