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Hollywood's 10 Most Overpaid Actors

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The Big Year movie posterActors notoriously make millions per film, but there are a few paid more than their work deserves.

Forbes compiled this year's list of most overpaid stars by looking at the actors' salaries compared to how much their three most recent films grossed (only the ones shown in over 2,000 theaters) and how much the movies cost to make.

According to Forbes, in order for a film to earn money, it has to make twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing. A majority of the films on these actors' résumés didn't meet this criteria.

The biggest movie flop on the list is Jack Black's "The Big Year," which cost $41 million to produce, but only brought in $7 million in ticket sales.

*Production budgets and worldwide gross figures are from Box Office Mojo.

10. Sarah Jessica Parker

This "Sex and the City" star returns $7 for every $1 she's paid. Since her stint as Carrie Bradshaw, Parker has not been incredibly successful at the box office. Two of her recent films, "I Don't Know How She Does It" and "Sex and the City 2," barely made enough to cover their estimated budgets.

Last three films:

"New Year's Eve": $56 million budget, $142 million worldwide gross

"I Don't Know How She Does It": $24 million budget, $31 million worldwide gross

"Sex and the City 2": $100 million budget, $95 million worldwide gross



9. Ben Stiller

The "Meet the Parents" actor brings in $6.50 for every $1 he makes. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" was a major hit of Stiller's, but he makes the list because of flops like "The Watch" and a less-than-stellar grossing from "Tower Heist."

Last three films:

"The Watch": $68 million budget, $68 million worldwide gross

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted": $145 million budget, $742 million worldwide gross

"Tower Heist": $75 million budget, $153 million worldwide gross



8. Denzel Washington

Washington returns $6.30 for every $1 he's paid. His movies haven't done terribly, but he commands too high a paycheck, making it hard for his films to break their budgets.

Last three films:

"Flight": $31 million budget, $85 million worldwide gross

"Safe House": $85 million budget, $208 million worldwide gross

"Unstoppable": $100 million budget, $168 million worldwide gross



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