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Forbes Declares Eddie Murphy Hollywood’s Least Valuable Actor

Forbes Declares Eddie Murphy Hollywood's Least Valuable Actor

Hurtling into award season it’s easy to get lost in all the incredible cinema made by charismatic and compelling performers and insightful and provocative filmmakers.

But for all the art it may produce, moviemaking is always essentially a business.

Forbes reminds us of that by looking back on the last few years and computing which of Hollywood’s stars are its LVPs, Least Valuable Players.

To determine their top ten, these financially minded reporters compared the amount of money grossed by a star’s last three films to the star’s paycheck for all three.

They determined these profits by assuming a film would need to make several million more than twice its production value to earn money back, accounting for the costs of advertising. Vulture put their top ten into an easy to follow list, viewable below:

1. Eddie Murphy (movies grossed $2.30 for every $1 paid)
2. Katherine Heigl ($3.40 for every $1 paid)
3. Reese Witherspoon ($3.90 for every $1 paid)
4. Sandra Bullock ($5 for every $1 paid)
5. Jack Black ($5.20 for every $1 paid)
6. Nicolas Cage ($6 for every $1 paid)
7. Adam Sandler ($6.30 for every $1 paid)
8. Denzel Washington ($6.30 for every $1 paid)
9. Ben Stiller ($6.50 for every $1 paid)
10. Sarah Jessica Parker ($7 for every $1 paid)