Eddie Murphy tops Forbes' most overpaid actor list

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Eddie Murphy appears in a scene from the film, Meet Dave.

Eddie Murphy appears in a scene from the film, 'Meet Dave.' (Twentieth Century Fox)

Eddie Murphy is due for a comeback. He topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's most overpaid movie stars.

The publication used data on actors' earnings and box office grosses in their last three movies to compile the list.

Forbes says for every $1 Murphy was paid, an average of $2.30 was earned back by the studios. His last three non-animated films include "A Thousand Words," "Tower Heist" and "Imagine That."

Next on the list is Katherine Heigl with an average return of $3.40 for each $1 paid. The actress made a successful jump from TV's "Grey's Anatomy" to movies with hits including "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses." However, her most recent film, "One for the Money," earned a disappointing $37 million.

Third and fourth on the list were Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock, respectively. Witherspoon's average return was $3.90 for every $1 paid, and Bullock's average return was $5 for every $1 paid. Jack Black rounds out the top five, with an average return of $5.20 for every $1 paid.

1. Eddie Murphy -- $2.30 for every $1
2. Katherine Heigl -- $3.40 for every $1
3. Reese Witherspoon -- $3.90 for every $1
4. Sandra Bullock -- $5 for every $1
5. Jack Black -- $5.20 for every $1
6. Nicolas Cage -- $6 for every $1
7, 8. Adam Sandler and Denzel Washington -- both $6.30 for every $1
9. Ben Stiller -- $6.50 for every $1
10. Sarah Jessica Parker -- $7 for every $1

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