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Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl top list of stars who make more than they're worth

If you're talking return on investment, don't talk about Eddie Murphy and Katherine Heigl. Forbes magazine rates the most over-paid stars in the Hollywood firmament.

Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl top list of stars who make more than they’re worth

Eddie Murphy bombs in "A Thousand Words."
Eddie Murphy bombs in "A Thousand Words."

Eddie Murphy, once a box office titan, has reached a new nadir: He’s number one on Forbes magazine’s list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood. “Murphy’s career has just collapsed,” Forbes declares, citing such multiplex disasters as Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave.  Weighing box office receipts against paychecks, Forbes figured that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three pics, they returned an average of just $2.30.

And Katherine Heigl, whose string of hits in years past include Knocked-Up, 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth, is right behind Murphy. With a per-picture paycheck of a reported $12 million, Heigl has not been bringing crowds into theaters of late. Her most recent endeavor,  One For The Money, earned only $37 million on an estimated $40 million budget.

Forbes staffer Dorothy Pomerantz  used data on actors’ earnings, factoring in production budgets and ticket sales of the last three films each actor starred in over the last three years, calculating the return on investment for the studios who pay his (or her) salary.

Rounding out the top 5 most overpaid stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Jack Black.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Reach Steven at srea@phillynews.com.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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