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article imageDrew Barrymore tops Hollywood's list of overpaid celebrities

By Armando Tamayo     Nov 4, 2011 in Entertainment
The movie-going public insist some celebrities are just too overpaid for the films they make - most of the time this is true. In a survey released Thursday by, Drew Barrymore tops the list of Hollywood's overvalued stars.
Barrymore just saw her film Going the Distance added to her list of movie flops in the past few years, earning just $17.8 million. The 2010 romantic comedy with Justin Long, along with her other movies Whip It ( also her directorial debut) and Everybody's Fine in 2009 just made the former ET child star a notorious flop in terms of up-front million dollar movie salaries against dud box-office returns.
According to the survey from, the Charlie's Angels actress only returns "40 cents for every dollar the movie studios spend for her participation." Often Hollywood celebrities failed to return the investment made by the movie company, because they charge too much for the movie they're cast. But Barrymore's recent movies, even if she's not one of the highest paid stars, just fared really bad. Whip It only earned $13 million, while Everybody's Fine returned just $8 million from a $21 million budget.
The next celebrity on the list was Eddie Murphy. Dorothy Pomerantz who compiled the list, quoted: "Compared to Barrymore, Eddie Murphy is a financial superstar." The 50 year old comedian returns $2.7 for every dollar he was paid, with the comedy bust Meet Dave to blame. Pomerantz added, "Murphy can turn it around with a promising new film Tower Heist and his upcoming gig to host the Oscars."
Dropping off the top spot was Will Ferrell (now third) who has been Hollywood's overvalued movie star for the past two years. The comedian breaks his losing streak with the action comedy The Other Guys (with Mark Wahlberg) which earned a hefty $170 million. Ferrell returns an average of $3.5 for every dollar he earns from the movie studio.
Forbes' online survey was based on Hollywood's top 40 earning celebrities and their box office sales in their last three movies. Making up the top ten were notable Oscar winners: Denzel Washington (5th), Nicole Kidman (10th), Nicolas Cage (6th) and Reese Witherspoon (4th). The 2010 drama comedy How Do You Know of Witherspoon was a disaster, earning only $50 million from a budget of $120 million.
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