As 2013 winds down and movie goers sift threw those old ticket receipts they're coming across. Remembering how they were bamboozled into spending $75 on a date night for a bad movie so overpaid actors pad their bank accounts with our money. Looking at the string of lousy movies in 2013 some of the top actors have starred in. Unlike today, during previous decades there was a criteria set by studios that eliminated a lot of crappy movies from being
made independently by actors. Like Drew Barrymore, who has appeared, in past years, in schlock films, after moderate success in "The Charlie Angel Series", and "The Wedding Singer" also starring Drew's fave Adam Sandler.
Although talented, is on top of Forbes' 2013 list of the most overpaid actors of all time. And that's because "Happy Gilmore" had to start his own production company. Because no legitimate studio producer, except for an occasional SNL cronie, would continue to cast him anymore, so old "Water Boy" had a choice, either wait for the phone to ring, or cast himself in his own projects. Today Adam Sandler is one of the few actors in Hollywood who can still demand
a $15 million paycheck . It's not always so great for the studios that employ,"The Wedding Singer",but great for his bank account.
This jokester is at the top of our most overpaid list, because of his two biggest recent flubs on Sandler's film bio: "Jack & Jill," in which he played both halves of a brother-sister twin set, ah...to say the least...annoying! And most recently, "That's My Boy," where a 47 year old Adam Sandler plays 35 year old Andy Samberg's obnoxious dad.
The stars along with co stars Susan Sarandon and Tony Orlando for that kind of cash, must have had quite a nightly party with Willie Nelson and Cheech & Chong. Considering studios take home about half of box office receipts, that means only about $70 million went to Sony, who paid to promote the sucky flick.That kind of return investment didn't justify Sandler's large upfront pay.In "Jack & Jill" that made $150 million but the movie cost an estimated $80 million to make.
The problem for Hollywood movie makers is that predicting a hit from a miss before the movie is made is almost impossible. Luckily Adam's pay sometimes can be will earned.But with someone like Sandler, studios have to pay up hoping that the movie will do big business at the box office. Sony won that bet with "Grown Ups 2." That movie grossed $246 million on an a forcasted $80 million budget, making it one of Sandler's top selling films.
Adam's even doing more animated work, The cartoon "Hotel Transylvania" was the biggest hit of his career, grossing $358 million at the box office worldwide. Katherine Heigl is in second place For every dollar she was paid in films like "27 Dresses" Heigl was proclaimed as the new queen of romantic comedies. She started demanding a big upfront fee and studios were willing to pay it ... until flops like "Killers" and "One for the Money."
America's Sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston,is not always box office gold. 10 years of rusty performances have landed her on Forbes' "Most Overpaid Actors" list of 2013. Luckily her recent performances in movies like "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg and "We're The Millers" with Jason Sudekis has redeemed her "Hollywood Rep"!
Even with an Oscar, Reese Witherspoon ranks third with an average poor return for every thing she gets paid. Witherspoon is currently reinventing her career. She's been by cleverly buying up hot, female-est books for her production company.We will see more of her behind the scenes in the coming years with Reese Witherspoon to take a huge pay cut for her own movies.
Kevin James went from the flop list for the first time in fifth place. He then jumped up and ranked on our Best Actors for the Buck list last year with a a good cash return every dollar he was paid. This year his return falls back to 5th because of "Here Comes the Boom." The film, about a teacher who tries to become a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his school, grossed only $73 million at the box office worldwide. He needs to start looking at TV
again to revive his career.
Another new comer to the flop list this year is Steve Carell, because of a major misfire with "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."The film grossed just $22 million at the box office worldwide. Implying in trailers that Jim Carey was the movies lead Carell return averaged a slight return percentage, ranking him seventh on the flop list, along with
Nicolas Cage, high on the list was included.
Well 2014 awaits for Hollywood's New Over Paid Elite!