Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl most overpaid actors

Eddie Murphy's movie bombs made him Hollywood's most overpaid actor. Photo/AP
Eddie Murphy's movie bombs made him Hollywood's most overpaid actor. Photo/AP

Eddie Murphy has been named and shamed as Hollywood's most overpaid actor by money magazine Forbes.

The magazine's annual list is calculated by weighing a star's pay cheque against the money generated by his or her ticket sales at the box office, and thanks to box office bombs like Imagine That, A Thousand Words, and Meet Dave, Murphy only averaged an estimated return of US$2.30 for every $1 earned.

The poll marks a step in the wrong direction for Murphy, who was second on last year's Forbes list behind Drew Barrymore.

She fell out of the top 10 this year due to taking time away from making movies to become a mum.

Faring slightly better is Katherine Heigl in second place. Her most recent films, One for the Money, New Year's Eve and Life as We Know It, returned US$3.40 for every dollar.

Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock are surprising entries at three and four, respectively, while comedian Jack Black rounds out the top five.

Nicolas Cage, who is using acting to pay off a whopping tax bill, was in sixth place.

The full list:

1. Eddie Murphy
2. Katherine Heigl
3. Reese Witherspoon
4. Sandra Bullock
5. Jack Black
6. Nicolas Cage
7. Adam Sandler
8. Denzel Washington
9. Ben Stiller
10. Sarah Jessica Parker

- WENN

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