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The most overpaid actors in Hollywood

6 December 2012 10:47 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After a string of flops such as Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy has found himself in the unenviable position of being named 'Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor', topping Forbes magazine's list of low-to-no-value-for-money A-listers.

The magazine has gathered box office data for the last three non-animation movies for each actor over the previous three years and divided this by their upfront and backend fees to calculate a "return on investment" number, which shows how much a studio earns for each dollar invested.

According to this formula, Murphy has made $2.30 for every $1 he's been paid - in fairness, that's still a pretty healthy profit, and probably goes some way to explaining how Murphy is still finding work, despite the fact he's only made a couple of decent films since his heyday in the 1980s.

Here's the top ten in full...

1. Eddie Murphy - $2.30

2. Katherine Heigl - $3.40

3. Reese Witherspoon »

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Eddie Murphy tops list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors

5 December 2012 3:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star of Tower Heist joined by Reese Witherspoon and Katherine Heigl in 2012 breakdown of underperformers at the box office

Well-known Hollywood figures Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon have suffered the indignity of being named top of Forbes magazine's annual list of the most overpaid actors in the world.

Murphy, who was commanding $20m a movie around the turn of the millennium, returns just $2.30 for every $1 he is paid, according to Forbes. Such meagre financial clout means he is considered the most overpaid actor in Hollywood in 2012, with the news coming on the back of flops such as Meet Dave and Imagine That. Even his 2011 critical hit Tower Heist, which was seen as something of a comeback vehicle for the Beverly Hills Cop star, was not a resounding box-office smash, earning $152m on a $75m production budget.

Second place on the list goes to newcomer Heigl, who is said »

- Ben Child

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Eddie Murphy is Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor

5 December 2012 2:33 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors. While Will Ferrell usually tops the list, this year he was able to stay out of the top ten. Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy, who has appeared on the list the last three years, usually in second place, has now taken the top spot. Murphy's recent films, like "Meet Dave," "A Thousand Words" and "Imagine That," have all been complete failures. "Tower Heist" was supposed to be the actor's comeback, but it didn't perform as well as expected. As a result, Murphy's movies have only been able to earn only $2.30 for every dollar the actor was paid. Katherine Heigl landed in second place due to such disasters as "One For the Money," which grossed only $37 million. For every dollar she earned, her movies earned back $3.40. Reese Witherspoon ended up in third place due to "How Do You Know," which grossed $50 million on a $120 million budget. »

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Eddie Murphy, Hollywood's most overpaid actor

5 December 2012 12:25 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, Dec 5: Actor Eddie Murphy is Hollywood's most overpaid actor, according to Forbes magazine.

The 51-year-old's recent films "Imagine That", "A Thousand Words" and "Meet Dave" were all labelled flops. According to Forbes magazine, for every $1 Murphy was paid for his last three movies, they returned an estimated average of $2.30, reports contactmusic.com.

His movie "Tower Heist", which was released last year, also failed to wow audiences and earned just over double its budget of $75 million.

One of the comedian-cum-actor's best loved roles was as wise cracking detective Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop. »

- Rahul Kapoor

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Eddie Murphy named most overpaid actor

4 December 2012 11:41 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Wellington, Dec 5: Eddie Murphy, who was once among Hollywood's top box office draws, now has the dubious honour of being crowned its most overpaid actor.

According to Forbes magazine's annual list, determined by the misalignment between star salaries and their films' box office take, Murphy, once a one-man gold mine with 1980s hits such as 'Trading Places' and 'Beverly Hills Cop,' displaced Drew Barrymore for the top spot, Stuff.co.nz reported.

"Murphy's career has just collapsed," Forbes said, citing such recent box office bombs as 'Imagine That,' 'A Thousand Words' and 'Meet Dave.'

Weighing box office receipts against. »

- Machan Kumar

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Eddie Murphy named 'most overpaid actor' by Forbes

4 December 2012 6:14 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has managed to make it to the top of this year's Forbes' list of 'most overpaid' actors. Murphy had previously displayed seemingly insurmountable fame and success, after turning out box office hits such as Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America. Forbes writers have now said that "lately, Murphy's career has just collapsed", blaming his recent movies such as Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave. (more) »

- By Sarah Luoma

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Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon Are Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors

4 December 2012 11:43 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Eddie Murphy is No. 1! Unfortunately, not in a good way. Forbes has just released its list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors, and the star of such films (read: flops) as Imagine That, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave and Tower Heist landed in the top spot. The magazine based its selections on how much a celeb was paid for his or her recent projects and compared it to what the movies actually made in ticket sales. So, with Murphy, it was calculated that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they only returned an average of $2.30 at the box office. Coming in second was One for the Money star Katherine Heigl. Her recent flicks only generated an average of $3.40 for every dollar »

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Eddie Murphy Named 2012's Most Overpaid Actor

4 December 2012 11:27 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

The higher they fly, the farther they fall, right?

Eddie Murphy, who was largely considered to be box office gold during his '80s and early '90s heyday, has now been certified as Hollywood's most overpaid actor of the year by Forbes.

According to their number crunching of Murphy's earned salary over his last three movies — "Imagine That," "A Thousand Words" and "Meet Dave" — versus those films' box office muster, the movies have only brought in around $2.30 for every $1 he earned. Those are some slim profit margins.

Forbes twisted the knife farther by making note of Murphy's dismal "Tower Heist" numbers from last year (a pithy $78 million earned domestically on a $75 million production budget) and his recusal of the 2012 Oscars hosting post as evidence of his fallen star status.

This isn't the first time Murphy's been fingered as an overearner by Forbes, either. Last year, he placed number two »

- Amanda Bell

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Most overpaid actor in Hollywood? Eddie Murphy, of course

4 December 2012 10:01 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

When was the last time you actually saw a good Eddie Murphy movie?

It probably wasn't "A Thousand Words," which got a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It probably also wasn't "Tower Heist," which didn't seem to impress anyone despite an intriguing premise. Going down the list of his recent movies -- "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit" -- it's not really until 2006's "Dreamgirls" or 2004's "Shrek 2" that we can think of an Eddie Murphy performance that was actually worth watching.

Considering his track record in Hollywood -- "Beverly Hills Cop," "Trading Places," "Coming To America" -- it's easy to remember why Murphy once earned the big bucks. However, he's still earning the big bucks, with little to no returns. Forbes has labeled Murphy as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood, only making back $2.30 for ever $1 he's paid. Long explanation short: That's not a lot of money.

Trailing behind him »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Thousand Words

11 May 2012 2:40 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012

Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

In A Thousand Words, Eddie Murphy (Tower Heist) treads similar ground to Jim Carrey in 1997′s Liar Liar.

The comedy movie follows Murphy’s Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent who doesn’t mince words when he’s trying to close a deal. For his own selfish reasons, Jack sets his sights on popular New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis, Colombiana), but his scheme backfires. Sinja connects Jack’s life with a magical Bodhi tree. The more Jack talks, the more leaves the tree loses. And when the tree loses its last leaf, both the tree and Jack will die. Jack comes up with some interesting ways to communicate, but sooner or later, he has to learn what matters most in life.

The movie also stars Kerry Washington (TV’s Scandal), the funny Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine »

- Sam

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Wamg Interview: Comedian Kevin Hart – Star of Think Like A Man

16 April 2012 5:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Comedian Kevin Hart has been doing stand-up comedy for over a decade and has been working his way up the ladder as a movie star with recent parts in Little Fockers and Death At Afuneral. He has done several stand-up TV specials for Comedy Central, including I’m A Grown Little Man (2009) and Seriously Funny (2010), and his theatrically-released stand-up concert film Laugh At My Pain was a substantial hit in limited release last year. This Friday, moviegoers can see him in his largest role yet with Think Like A Man, an ensemble comedy loosely based around Steve Harvey.s self-help book Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man costarring  Meagan Good , Gabriele Union, Taraji P. Henson and Harvey as himself (look for our review Friday morning here at Wamg). We Are Movie Geeks caught up with Kevin Hart at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis as he »

- Tom Stockman

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy to star in Triplets?

30 March 2012 1:38 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you've read The Hollywood Reporter today, you'd be forgiven for thinking that April Fools' Day has come early with the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are set to re-team for a sequel to 1988's Twins. Entitled Triplets, the proposed follow-up would see brothers Julius and Vincent discovering they have a third genetically-conceived brother, apparently to be portrayed by former funnyman Eddie Murphy.

According to the report, Schwarzenegger, DeVito and Murphy are all attached to star, while Twins director Ivan Reitman will produce alongside Joe Medjuk, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell on behalf of his production company The Montecito Picture Company. As of yet, the sequel is without a director or screenwriter and THR go on to suggest "that no substantial creative discussions have taken place between Universal and Montecito" which hopefully translates to "Universal thinks it's a horrendous idea but don't want to upset Schwarzenegger."

Twins marked »

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Universal Wants ‘Twins’ Sequel With Eddie Murphy? Quick, Someone Hand Them a Pamphlet on the Joys of Abortion

30 March 2012 8:29 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The head honchos over at Universal seem to be undergoing a mid-life crisis of sorts as they reflect on their (relative) youth back in the year 1988. First, they announced last week that they’re going to move forward on a sequel to the Robert De Niro/Charles Grodin comedy Midnight Run (conveniently forgetting the three made-for-tv sequels that already exist). And now they’ve let word get out that they’re eyeballing a sequel to Ivan Reitman’s Twins. As awesome as that doesn’t sound, the news gets even more topical and ridiculous. According to THR, the studio wants to reunite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as the unlikely twins and add a third player into the mix so they can call the film Triplets. And who do they supposedly want for the third sibling? None other than Mr. Box Office Poison himself, Eddie Murphy! You can see why I said “supposedly.” If »

- Rob Hunter

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Box office report: '21 Jump Street' cops a $35 million weekend; 'John Carter' doesn't get the hold it needs

18 March 2012 11:21 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill may play totally inept undercover cops in 21 Jump Street, but at the box office, they’re proving much more effective. The R-rated comedy scored a tremendous $35 million in its opening weekend, enough to easily top the chart.

21 Jump Street opened in the same range as films like Bad Teacher ($31.6 million), Superbad ($33.1 million), Wedding Crashers ($33.9 million), and Scary Movie ($42.3 million), but each of those films opened in the summer, when R-rated fare like The Hangover and Bridesmaids has traditionally captured raunch-loving audiences. For 21 Jump Street to earn $35 million over a weekend in mid-March is a far more impressive achievement. »

- Grady Smith

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Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' Takes The Box Office To School

18 March 2012 8:56 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It really doesn’t matter how popular a show was back in the day. As long as it’s a vaguely recognizable title with a good cast, you’re guaranteed a certain level of results. “Swat” lasted only one year, memorable mostly for its theme song, and yet the movie version grabbed $37 million back in the summer of 2003. Nine years later, a similar opening has greeted “21 Jump Street,” the television show of which ran for four forgettable years in the late '80s and is more famous for spawning megastar Johnny Depp than for having any great storylines or standout moments.

21 Jump Street” existed in that difficult nexus of action comedy, an enormously difficult genre to sell. If you push the action too hard, it makes your protagonists look too capable, and not very funny. Push the comedy, and audiences immediately know that when bullets start flying you won’t have to take anything seriously. »

- Gabe Toro

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How The Nutty Professor Explains Eddie Murphy's Entire Film Career

15 March 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Pretty much every time Eddie Murphy releases a film like A Thousand Words, Imagine That, Meet Dave or even Daddy Daycare, the critical world at large starts wondering out loud about whether we'll ever see the 'return of funny Eddie,' which is of course code for 'R-rated Eddie Murphy.'  The implication is, of course, that Murphy's more family-friendly work isn't funny, which is true (Meet Dave, The Haunted Mansion) about as often as it's false (Shrek, Dr. Doolittle).  But what these pundits fail to realize is two-fold.  First of all, we've been wondering when the Eddie Murphy of old will return longer than he was around in the first place.  Second of all, that persona is dead.  Dead and buried, and Mr. Murphy killed it himself right onscreen in front of us 16 years ago.  The very film that launched his most recent 'comeback' is the film that revolved »

- Scott Mendelson

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Box office disasters: The real lesson of 'John Carter,' and has Eddie Murphy finally run out of words?

14 March 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The chattering classes of the infotainment-sphere love to kick a movie debacle in the shins. But from the moment that John Carter opened, the perceptions of how big — or maybe not quite so big — a disaster it was were a tad hazy, and they trickled in slowly. A dry dust storm of digital effects, corny fetishized machismo, and bad acting out of the loincloth-and-galactic-tiara school, John Carter, as just about everyone in the solar system had predicted, underperformed in a dramatic way. But was it merely a “disappointment,” or a major flop, or, in fact, a good old-fashioned game-changing heads-will-roll executives-will-commit-seppuku debacle? »

- Owen Gleiberman

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"The Lorax" Beats "John Carter," Eddie Murphy Stumbles

12 March 2012 11:14 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"John Carter" was virtually ignored!

This past weekend at the box-office, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" continued to shine while the out-of-this-world adventure, "John Carter," failed to match expectations or its reported $250 million budget!

The Walt Disney extravaganza from director Andrew Stanton ("Wall-e," "Finding Nemo") only managed $30.6 million at the box-office, landing at No. 2. ("John Carter" movie review right here, and enter to win "John Carter" prizes right here)

Taylor Kitsch and company could not match the excitement surrounding Universal's "The Lorax" featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny Devito.

Based on Dr. Seuss' beloved classic, "The Lorax" maintained its No. 1 position for the second week in a row with $39.1 million. So far, the animated film about the beauty of our environment has made $122 million. ("Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" movie review right here)

And who knew that a found footage film about a wild party would be a hit? »

- Manny

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'John Carter' Stumbles As 'Lorax' Takes Box-Office Crown

12 March 2012 8:38 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Dr. Seuss film is highest-grossing movie of the year so far.

By Ryan J. Downey

A scene from Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax"

Photo: Universal Studios

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" was the #1 movie at the box office for a second consecutive weekend, but the bigger story was the film that came in at #2.

"John Carter," which Disney hoped would kick off a franchise based on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs stories that inspired generations of sci-fi, opened with $30.6 million. In an article bearing the headline " 'Ishtar' on Mars," the New York Times reported that "John Carter" cost about $350 million to market and produce. Even with its $71 million overseas total, "Carter" is a long way from an estimated break-even point of $600 million. "Ishtar" is a 1987 film famous for how hard it flopped despite the presence of two A-list stars (Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman) and huge marketing.

The tale of »

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: John Carter Crashes and Burns

12 March 2012 8:09 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Every now and then, people love to see a big Hollywood blockbuster completely tank, and this weekend, John Carter indulged that morbid desire. It's not a huge surprise, considering that much of the marketing was a disaster, but it's still up for debate just how badly it tanked. $30 million was good enough to open at #2 behind The Lorax and was about on par with the comparable Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Unfortunately, John Carter cost more to make than Prince of Persia, and it also had 3D ticket prices to rely on. Either way, the international box office is where the movie will have the best shot at making its money back and it has already made $70 million overseas. As for the weekend's other new releases, both Silent House and A Thousand Words also flopped, with the latter doing just slightly better than Eddie Murphy's Imagine That and Meet Dave. »

- Sean

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