Forbes magazine has recently published a list of overpaid actors in Hollywood which was topped by male actors.
Forbes listed the overpaid actors who earn the most but do not make substantial return from box office.
Mark Wahlberg topped Forbes’ list this year. Measuring film releases and his respective pay day for his latest three films before June 1, 2017, Forbes found Wahlberg earned $1 for every $4.40 made at the box office for each of his three films during that period.
In fact, Wahlberg’s pre-tax income for 2016’s Patriots Day was more than the film’s worldwide gross.
Wahlberg was followed by Christian Bale and Channing Tatum, then Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt, who brings in $11.50 for every $1 he makes for a film.
Films are clearly expensive to make domestically, but when you think globally, they become even more costly as those profits must be split up by multiple international distribution studios and executives, and the global press tours for blockbusters can really add up in the millions.
Women were not excluded from Forbes’ study. "Overpaid" actors like Mark Wahlberg are making more than twice as much as the highest paid actresses in the same field, and those women are starring in what are often considered to be much better films, critically speaking, or at least bringing in enough of a return on investment.
Hollywood obviously does not invest in women the same way it invests in men – the reason there are no women on the list of overpaid actors is that women make so much less than their male counterparts in Hollywood, it becomes hard for them to be "overpaid" for even their flops.
Emma Stone ranks at the top of the list of the highest paid female actors in Hollywood, earning $26 million, followed by Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence, who has famously addressed the gender pay gap in recent years.