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FORBES: Johnny Depp tops most overpaid actors list while Will Smith was ranked Second!!!
Johnny Depp topped a Forbes list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood for a second year in a row after a series of box office flops.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star brought in just $2.80 (£2.20) at the box office for every dollar paid to him by production companies.
It means nearly half the total profit of Depp’s latest films were used to pay his salary.
His latest box office flop Alice Through the Looking Glass grossed only $77m (£60m) in the US and $300m (£236m) worldwide.
The gross production cost of Tim Burton’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s 19th century classic was $170m (£134m).
The Disney film premiered at the same time as Depp’s high-profile divorce from Amber Heard was announced, following allegations of domestic abuse.
Some critics saw viewer numbers as a revolt against the case, while others mentioned the actor’s fading public appeal.
“Fans want their stars to be magnetic, and to the people in Middle America, Johnny Depp is just weird,” said one Deadline critic.
Depp’s latest two predicted blockbusters also suffered poor box office returns.
Last year’s action-comedy flop Mortdecai made $47m (£37m) out of a $60m (£47m) budget, while his 2014 poorly reviewed sci-fi thriller Transcendence nearly broke even.
Will Smith ranked second on the Forbes list, returning just five times what he earned following the release of his NHL drama Concussion and heist caper Focus.
Forbes’ list did not take into account his latest superhero venture Suicide Squad, whose poor reviews by both critics and comics fans did not prevent it from making seven times its budget.
The only woman featured in Forbes’ top 10 is Eat Pray Love star Julia Roberts.
The actress’ 2015 adaptation of the Argentine thriller The Secret in Their Eyes made less than double its production cost.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Sandler and Bradley Cooper also feature in the top 10.
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