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November 19, 2009

Hollywood's Most Sucktastic Investments

Forbes did a little math to determine which Hollywood stars haven't been pulling in audiences in numbers proportional to their salaries. They looked at the 100 best-paid stars who were in at least three films in the past five years that opened in more than 500 theaters. (Whew.) Then:

We added up each star's compensation on his or her last three films and the operating income on those films and divided total operating income by the star's total compensation to come up with each return-on-investment number.

So they only look back at three films in the past five years. Kinda arbitrary, but right off the bat you know that this is going to be a list of actors who have fallen hard. I figured Eddie Murphy would be number 1 on the list.

It's after the jump, so you don't have to click through fifteen frickin' slow-loadin' pages to see them all. Click over if you want to see the slide show and know how much each of their films made per dollar salary to the actor. Everybody else:

10. Jim Carrey

9. Samuel L. Jackson (I actually can't remember what he's been in recently except Iron Man. Oops, is that still a spoiler/secret?)

8. Leonardo DiCaprio

7. Drew Barrymore (Isn't she directing now?)

6. Tom Cruise

5. Ice Cube (Wanna-be Eddie Murphy.)

4. Eddie Murphy (I really thought he'd be number one. I mean Pluto Nash?!? What was he thinking?!?)

3. Billy Bob Thornton (Eh?)

2. Ewan McGregor (Actually, what has he been in lately?)

1. Will Ferrell (The only thing I've seen him in is Stranger Than Fiction. It was good. I would rather stab my own eyes out than watch one of his comedies, though.)

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