After celebrating his 60th birthday on Sunday, Denzel Washington finds him on Forbes list of Hollywood’s 10 Most Overpaid Actors. The annual list bases its rankings off of the movies that have the lowest compared to the studios investment in them (specifically, how much they pay their cast).
They looked at the last three movies he was in, compared with box office data, and averaged the return versus the investment, which put him at the eighth spot on the list. Forbes looked at data from Flight, 2 Guns, and The Equalizer, and assessed that “for every $1 Washington is paid, his films return an average of $4.25”.
“Washington can demand a huge salary so his films have to hit it out of the ballpark for him to offer a good return”, the list explains, “Lately, his films have done fine but not outstanding.”
Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck round out the list after Washington.