When it comes to the phrase "lifestyles of the rich and famous," most of us tend to think of actors. These individuals get paid millions of dollars to stand in front of a camera and pretend to be someone else. However, not all actors are very profitable when compared to how much they earn. We've just learned the top 10 most overpaid actors of 2016, and it seems that Johnny Depp has once again earned the not-so-prestigious honor. Here is the full list:
1. Johnny Depp, returns $2.80 for each $1 paid
2. Will Smith, returns $5 for each $1 paid
3. Channing Tatum, returns $6 for each $1 paid
4. Will Ferrell, returns $6.50 for each $1 paid
5. George Clooney, returns $6.70 for each $1 paid
6. Adam Sandler, returns $7.60 for each $1 paid
7. Mark Wahlberg, returns $9.20 for each $1 paid
8. Leonardo DiCaprio, returns $9.90 for each $1 paid
9. Julia Roberts, returns $10.80 for each $1 paid
10. Bradley Cooper, returns $12.10 for each $1 paid
Based upon numbers released by Forbes, it appears that Johnny Depp has definitively earned the title of "Most Overpaid Actor In Hollywood." When all is said and done, the performer only brought in $2.80 at the box office for every dollar he earned over the course of the year. This number is established by taking the actor's three most recent films, and comparing their box office performance to the actor's estimated paychecks. As you can see, the math doesn't necessarily work out in Depp's favor.
This isn't necessarily surprising when we consider the fact that two of his three theatrical releases this year (Fantastic Beasts, Alice Through The Looking Glass and Yoga Hosers), have "Rotten" ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Johnny Depp's lack of profitability in 2016 seems to make even more sense when we look even further back for reference. He similarly topped the 2015 "Most Overpaid Actors List," by drawing in a measly $1.20 per dollar earned. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the heyday of Captain Jack Sparrow may actually be coming to a close, as we're seeing a fairly clear downward trajectory in terms of Depp's marketability.
Things are not likely to get any easier for Johnny Depp in the near future. His high-profile divorce with Amber Heard has drawn a lot of press in recent months, and the actor has garnered a wave of negative publicity in the face of domestic abuse allegations. Regardless of whether or not the allegations are actually true, that type of bad press never bodes particularly well for an actor's profitability.
Of course, Johnny Depp wasn't the only overpaid actor this year. Following him on the list is Will Smith, then Channing Tatum, Will Ferrell, George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts, with Bradley Cooper rounding out the list at number 10. It's ultimately an eclectic bunch, as some of them (like Depp) desperately need a hit, while others (like Bradley Cooper) really just need to wait for their next big tentpole franchise film to hit theaters in order to see themselves off this list.
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