But just wait until the next ‘Pirates’ movie comes out
Johnny Depp was named 2015’s “most overpaid actor” by Forbes magazine, based on the less-than-impressive return realized by his movies this year.
Oops. This kind of “laurel” is never good for an actor, and Depp has been on this list in the past. It might lead to uncomfortable questions in studio executive
But maybe next year or 2017 will be better, when Depp’s next boffo-big franchise movies come out, Forbes reported Tuesday.
“Luckily for Depp, he has two promising sequels on his slate with Alice Through The Looking Glass in 2016 and another Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017,” the business mag said. “Both films should boost his ratios and possibly get him off the list, though the mediocre performance of Black Mass ($94.5 million worldwide gross on a $53 million budget) may weigh down his metrics next year.”
The Pirates parade has been very, very good for Depp (and its producers): The last four Pirates of the Caribbean movies grossed a combined $3.7 billion, making it one of the most successful franchises ever.
But Depp’s recent movies returned just $1.20 for every $1 he was paid on them, according to Forbes figures.
Neither Mortdecai nor Transcendence were box-office wonders, despite depositing millions in Depp’s personal pockets, Forbes said.
That return on investment puts him just ahead of second-ranked Denzel Washington, who returned a dismal $6.50 for every $1 he earned from his recent films.
Will Ferrell ($6.80), Liam Neeson ($7.20) and Will Smith ($8.60) round out the top five overpaid actors, according to Forbes.
Forbes comes up with its figures by looking at the last three films each top actor starred in before June 2015 (not including animated films, movies where the actor appears in a very small role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens).
Using data from its research for its Celebrity 100 list combined with Box Office Mojodata, the magazine calculates what the actors were paid and what their movies earned to produce a return-on-investment number for each star.
Courtesy of Forbes and USA Today/By Maria Puente, USA TODAY