Most bankable Hollywood stars named

2011-12-07 15:28
Cape Town - Twilight stars and real-life couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been ranked at No 1 and No 3, respectively, on Forbes' list of the top ten most-bankable actors in Hollywood.

Forbes calculated that for every dollar 21-year-old Kristen is paid, her movies earn an average of $55.83. Her co-star Robert, meanwhile, lands third on the chart for bringing in an average of $39.43 for every dollar he is paid.

The latest movie in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 1, has earned nearly $600m worldwide while the entire franchise has grossed $2.4bn - with one final film still to be released in 2012.

Return on investment

The lower returns of Robert's underperforming movies Water for Elephants (co-starring Reese Witherspoon) and Remember Me pulled down his average return.

Coming in second place is Oscar-nominated star Anne Hathaway, who recently announced her engagement to Adam Shulman. Her bankable status came courtesy of the blockbuster film Alice in Wonderland (which grossed over $1bn at the box office on a $200m budget) and the relatively low-budget romantic comedy Bride Wars.

Forbes calculated that Anne earned $45.67 for every dollar she's paid.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe - recently named Britain's highest paid star under 30 - came in fourth place, due to the massive success of the final instalment in the wizard fantasy spectacle, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The movies helped Daniel to return $34.24 to the studios' coffers for every $1 he was paid.

Rounding out the top is another under-30 star, Shia LaBeouf, 25, who helped film investors earn $29.40 for every dollar he was paid, thanks to the runaway success of Transformers: The Dark of the Moon.

Older, more established actors dominate the bottom of the top 10. Robert Downey Jr placed sixth, ahead of Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

Johnny Depp was ranked 10th after the big box office returns of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but his bankability was hit by the relative failure of his much-hyped thriller The Tourist - in which he starred opposite Angelina Jolie.
Forbes' Top 10 Best Actors for the Buck list:

1. Kristen Stewart
2. Anne Hathaway
3. Robert Pattinson
4. Daniel Radcliffe
5. Shia LaBeouf
6. Robert Downey Jr
7. Matt Damon
8. Cate Blanchett
9. Meryl Streep
10. Johnny Depp


  • Eric - 2011-12-07 15:54

    11. Leon Schuster ;)

  • tklumper - 2011-12-07 16:03

    Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are masters of the craft of acting, so yeah, they deserve their salaries. Don't really have much to say about the others. Just suprised Daniel Radcliffe earned more than Rupert Grint or Emma Watson :(

  • Deon - 2011-12-07 16:04

    No place for Will Smith? He had 10 films in a row making + $100m.

      Bubba - 2011-12-08 10:32

      Prob cos he's overpaid...

  • GARBADGEDAY - 2011-12-07 16:47

    the harry potter cast and twilight cast should not be there since they are all franchise actors. Outside those franchises they wont bring in big bucks. The rest are REAL bankable stars.

  • Naledi - 2011-12-07 17:52

    Eish no blacks

      Deon - 2011-12-08 10:45

      This list is actually +- most underpaid actors that is making theire producers rich. Eddy Murphy and Will Smith gets a lot more money per film than these people.

  • Muenda - 2011-12-08 09:13


  • marcus.daily3 - 2011-12-08 10:18

    Will Smith does not like this!

      Bubba - 2011-12-08 10:33

      It's not necessarily a good thing to be on this list. Basically what it's saying is that these people made their producers a lot of money, despite not being paid all that much. Although some of them DID get paid a lot, but the movie/franchise just did awesomely.

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