Portman, 'Twilight' stars make Forbes list of best actors for the buck
December 27th, 2012
12:15 PM ET

Portman, 'Twilight' stars make Forbes list of best actors for the buck

Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart and Shia LaBeouf are among the top 10 stars on Forbes list of Hollywood’s Best Actors For The Buck.

Unlike Eddie Murphy, who Forbes named the most overpaid actor, these stars offer the best return on investment.

Based on Portman’s “Black Swan,” “No Strings Attached” and “Your Highness,” Forbes estimates that the Oscar winner returns $42.70 for every $1 she’s paid.

Stewart nabbed the No. 2 spot, retuning $40.60 for every $1. Trailing behind her is LaBeouf, followed by her “Twilight Saga” co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

See the full list below:

1. Natalie Portman: Returns $42.70 for every $1 paid
2. Kristen Stewart: Returns $40.60 for every $1 paid
3. Shia LaBeouf: Returns $35.80 for every $1 paid
4. Robert Pattinson: Returns $31.70 for every $1 paid
5. Daniel Radcliffe: Returns $30.50 for every $1 paid
6. Taylor Lautner: Returns $29.50 for every $1 paid
7. Bradley Cooper: Returns $25 for every $1 paid
8. Dwayne Johnson: Returns $22.70 for every $1 paid
9. Amy Adams: Returns $22.60 for every $1 paid
10. Kevin James: Returns $22.40 for every $1 paid


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  1. Mary

    Kevin James is #10??? IMO that's too high. All the movies where he is the male lead were bombs. Ones that made money he was just a supporting actor.

    January 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rock

    I'd eat Portman's a$$ clean off

    January 3, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. obrudda

    mammie & descartes,

    You both have problems. ...deep and serious problems.

    January 1, 2013 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. jay zenna

    natalie is more beautiful then before and she photographs well

    December 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. make and hair

    truly amazing...you are beautiful Natalie

    December 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jack klugman...

    need we ssay more...

    December 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. i can't stop looking at natalie pictures

    that face...no darn wrinkles either....

    December 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Natalie didn't get any "job"

    she gave the job and there it was.....gotta admit from i just saw....boobs are still big an huge and in position
    hair is healthy and lips are full.....i'm good.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. even after 6 years...

    everyone wants her....amazing

    December 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J G

    That's cuz Portman is HOT! And she's even better after the "job" she got.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Meh

    Kevin James....really?
    Then again, the topic i return on investment not quality of investment

    December 28, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessie

      I can see Kevin James – he's an "everyman", and he has a likeability quality about him and when in the right role, he's very funny, ie: King of Queens. If he's in a movie, I'm interested in seeing it. Plus he's kind of cute in a boyish way (acts kind of childish but it's endearing so you like him). He's got that Chris Farley kind of appeal.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Kevin James hasn't been funny since King of Queens. And even then he wasn't that funny.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. robertholt

    I wouldn't walk across the street to see a Natalie Portman movie.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hi

    Nobody would ever remember about such actors 50 years from now.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    Are they all white.. .then its all flattery. nothing is seriovsly earned when youre always next in line.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jack237

      Interesting point–everyone is white on this list. Also, Eddie Murphy is the most overpaid actor. It's really unsurprising since he's made such jaw-dropping garbage for so long, but perhaps also telling...of something? Another observation, really surprised not to see Will Smith anywhere on this list...but i guess he didn't really put anything out this year. Finally, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Will Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe...these actors didn't make the money, their franchises did.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Not all of them are white. Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock is half black and half samoan.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chelsea

    I like Mila kunis and will ferrel. Good actors.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mammy

    Interesting article. Now excuse me while I take my first post Christmas dump. Should be a massive one.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  17. Descartes

    I poop, therefore I am.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marita

    Where is Meryl Streep on that list? And DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins + all the rest of the Brits + the talent from Australia?Our DeCaprio, Matt Damon, Jean Penn etc.etc.......too many to mention!! – @Marita.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Marita-
      Yes, all good (great) actors, but that's not the point of this post. It's comparing actor salaries to the amount of money the movie makes. The actors you have listed certainly receive huge salaries, but their movies don't make enough to put therm on this list. It's all about ratios: divide the movie's gross receipts by the actor's salary. The bigger the salary (or the lower the gross receipts), the smaller the ratio.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  19. Boston62

    Has anyone seen "water for elephants ".. Terrible movie.. What has lautner done?

    December 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Boston62

    Stewart, pattison and lautner all earned this from the Twilight saga...what else have they done.. We'll see in the future.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Joe? this is Joe

    What?! none of that makes a lick of sense. no wonder you enjoy twilight.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Our entire office read the books...

    Twilight became the office rage as well has Harry Potter– my boss read the entire first harry potter on his way to london and read the second one on his way back from london. lolol

    we enjoy having these fun office discussions. you don't have to be a child to enjoy it.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. i've read all the twilight books...

    the first 2 were the best –

    December 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. dacia

    Twilight fans like me will always go see any film with the twilight stars in it. notjust because we like twilight because they are all wonderful actors. and with hope the writer of twilight will make another book sooo that another movie can be made. anyone who doesnt like the sound of that can go play in traffic and cry me a river bulid me a bridge and get over themmselves for not understanding the meaning of twilight from the words of a 12 year old

    December 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      This is funny because twilight sounds like it's been written by a 12 year old. Their values will drop once twilight is gone though.

      December 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • who cares... it was all in fun....

      like Melrose Place...that use to be our Tuesday morning recap.

      December 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. cnnlicksit

    Natalike draws in the Jewish vote.

    December 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Michael Vick©™

    This list is quite meaningless. I'm sure Sam Wiwicky's mom or dad (from Transformers) would score somewhere around $1 million for every dollar paid.

    December 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dave

    Well, as long as some tween thinks they have some talent, Kristen, Taylor, Pattinson will have work. It's easy to fool a tween.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. The Oscar Goes To

    Jack Klugman should be on that list

    December 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl in Ohio

      You didn't read or understand the point of the article, did you.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Itsamemario

    Eric Balfour from skyline, that guy will always have work

    December 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Scottythe Bee

    Luis Guzman, hands down.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Tim W.

    Ok, so get Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart to play a couple of Pirate Wenchs out to show up Black Beard (Dwayne Johnson).........come on Hollywood.....there is money to be made.......oh and make it a comedy !

    December 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dahn

    Natalie seems very talented.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. you have never had an actual conversation

    with natalie - she always minds her manners unless you push - once you push...and are disloyal she will drive you out of your mind by talking and talking and talking and talking.

    natalie basically doesn't say much ...it just needs to be that 1 thing that will set her off and she will talk to you until your having a thought process about wanting to jump off a ledge....she does not need liquor or chemicals to do this.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Louie

    She should be on the top of that list. She is an amazing actor. There are others on that list that are one trick ponies, but not her.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara smile

      You obviously didn't read the article or understand it. This isn't a subjective list of your favorite actors. This is an objective list that simply compares rate of return of an actor's salary against the movie's total revenue. This is a mathematical formula. The list shows what the return on investment is for the studio in comparison to what the actor was paid to do the movie.

      Reading comprehension is fundamental.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  35. Natalie

    she appears allergic to her eyeliner

    December 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Steven Stills

    That's a messed up thing to say, mate.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |

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