ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Every year, Forbes magazine publishes its annual ranking of the world's highest paid actors -- yet with this come statistics that highlight which leading men are also the most overpaid. Here's how the calculations were compiled this year:

"We took the total operating income from the star’s three 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."

Last year, Adam Sandler occupied the no. 1 spot for charging top dollar, yet failing to deliver at the ticket booth. Here are the actors who failed to strike box office gold in 2015, despite pocketing millions.

1. Johnny Depp

As Captain Sparrow, Johnny Depp made major bank and brought the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise millions of dollars, grossing a combined $3.7 billion. Yet, as Lord Charlie in Mortdecai and in his role in Transcendence, he failed to deliver and is the considered the most over-paid actor on this list. In fact, his recent movies returned a mere $1.20 for every $1 he was paid. Ouch!

Here he is in Transcendence:

2. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington takes second place, earning a dismal $6.50 for every $1 he earned on recent films such as The Equalizer:

3. Will Ferrell

Funny man Will Ferrell failed to lift the mediocre returns on Anchorman 2 and The Campaign, and for his performance in Get Hard, he received a whopping $6.80 for every $1 paid. If you haven't seen the trailer, here it is:

4. Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson also raked in top dollar for poorly performing movies. Despite the success of Taken 3, his average was greatly brought down by Run All Night -- here's the trailer:

In 2015, Neeson returned $7.20 for every $1 paid.

5. Will Smith

Sadly, Will Smith's box office takings aren't what they once were. Yet thanks to huge pay checks for Focus, he averages a return of $8.60 for every $1 paid. Hopefully his critically-acclaimed performance in Concussion will bring him back up to par:

Sources: forbes.com

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