Forbes says Will Ferrell most overpaid actor

Forbes magazine has come out with a list of which actors are the most overpaid. By overpaid, they mean in relation to what their movies earn at the box office as opposed to what their salaries are. Will Ferrell usually earns about $15 million per movie, but his movie Land of the Lost, which cost $100 million to make, earned only $69 million worldwide at the global box office. Maybe the success of his animated movie Megamind will change things for Will on future lists (if he stops making stinkers each year — his upcoming drama, Everything Must Go, looks promising). Two recent flops (Meet Dave and Imagine That) earned Eddie Murphy second place.  Surprisingly, Denzel Washington is listed at third, because his movie, Pelham 1 2 3, which cost $100 million to make, earned only $65 million. New on the scene is Seth Rogen, whose film Funny People had a $75 million budget but made only $71 million back. Also on the list were Adam Sandler (who also starred in Funny People), Jim Carrey, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon and Tom Cruise.

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  1. L1feless • November 8, 2010 @ 4:59 PM

    I notice they only mentioned the movies he was in that didn’t do all that well. What about those which did do well?

  2. johnny • November 8, 2010 @ 5:12 PM

    L1feless: It is because Forbes does this list every year and they are mentioning his recent movies and none of his recent movies have done well. I agree that all his new movies do stink though, we need more along the lines of Frank the Tank or Ron Burgundy!

  3. L1feless • November 9, 2010 @ 9:14 AM

    I agree that his recent films have been mediocre at best. That being said though I think a more comprehensive list would be more appropriate. The most over paid actor to me implies that it is a generic broader scope not a yearly list. If the title read ‘the most overpaid actor of 2010’ then perhaps I would not be objecting. Interestingly enough now that i think of it I’d like to see the most over paid actor list of all time. I think it would be an interesting one. Anyone have any names to add to that all-time list?

  4. Helen • November 9, 2010 @ 11:19 AM

    This particular list does seem like its looking at recent(2010) movies, I mean, Eddie Murphy had some majorly successful movies in the 80s, so if you are looking at overpaid actors of all time, he probably wouldn’t be in second place.

    I have to say, I’m surprised to see Matt Damon on there!

  5. C-Dub • November 9, 2010 @ 5:29 PM

    I did not know that. But what about DVD/Blu Ray and rental $ earned? So the movies could have made their money back/broke even so it can make the box office total a little askewed. Like if Funny People did only $71mill on $75 mill budget, I’m sure they made $4mill in DVD/Blu Ray/rentals for sure. Strange how the people who’ve had the biggest box office returns for comedy and action and such, also have major flops. Bad choices, or they are trying something new. Nobody likes to be pidgeon holed.

  6. J.B. • November 9, 2010 @ 5:59 PM

    Here are things as I see them:
    1) Will Ferrell has a PHENOMENAL dramatic gene in him, so he can obviously act. (“Stranger Than Fiction” anyone?)
    2) Will Ferrell, the comedic actor, has not diverted his style since SNL. Those that loved him then will always love him, and vice-versa for those that don’t.
    3) Will Ferrell has nothing to do with what the studios are willing to pay him for his services. He may have a hefty price tag with ‘less liked’ movies, but have you ever thought maybe he adjusted his price because that is what it would take to get him in the movie? He is not an idiot.
    4) People that say the word ‘overpaid’, are just jealous because they would love to get paid that much, but are too lazy to put forth the effort to get there.

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