Adam Sandler is the most overpaid actor of 2013
December 10th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

Adam Sandler is the most overpaid actor of 2013

We're not sure if this is a compliment or not, but Forbes magazine has named Adam Sandler as the most overpaid actor of the year.

On one hand, that doesn't sound like a bad deal: the 47-year-old comedic actor still commands a healthy payday even though his most recent movies have been widely panned Razzie Award all-stars. But on the other hand, who really wants to be known as the guy who makes more than he's worth?

According to Forbes, the "Grown Ups" star can demand a $15 million-and-higher paycheck despite the fact that his rate of return on the investment isn't pretty.

By examining his last three films within the past three years up until June 1, the magazine calculates that for every dollar Sandler earns, he brings in just $3.40. That math factors in two of Sandler's most recent flops, 2011's "Jack and Jill" and 2012's "That's My Boy," which earned $74 million and $36.9 million at the domestic box office, respectively.

The reason he can still ask for such a high fee is because not all of his movies are disasters. There are some projects, like, this summer's "Grown Ups 2," that turn out to be wins for the studio.

Following Sandler for the not-coveted title of second most overpaid actor in Hollywood is Katherine Heigl, who's lately been trying to make the move to TV.

And in third place is Reese Witherspoon, who brings in $3.90 for every $1 she's paid.


Filed under: Celebrities

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  1. Patrick

    interesting. What they do not figure out is the math – he makes $15 million. multiply that by 3.4 and his movies are averaging over 50 million. So the studio only takes 10% of that – 5 million. Much more than someone who brings in 10 million but only makes 1 million per movie – studio profit on that is 1 million.

    Overpaid for a reason.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. There is no hacking company..i love him

    fathips

    January 2, 2014 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Timothy

    Paying him one dollar for the crap he does is over paying. This guy is talentless and pathetic.

    December 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WHY DOES EVERYONE DISLIKE ME..HIPPO45

    OH WELL....WHEN WE TELL HUBSGTER THE OTHER SH....T ... THIS WILL BE THE END OF YOUR
    HACKING CAREER.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. WHY DO PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ME? (FACEBOOK DONE)

    THAT'S EASY...YOUR A FKING LOSER....HUBBY GONNA FIND THE REST SOON AND THEN ITS HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO YOU FROM THE I CREW....

    December 24, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. WHY DO PEOPLE GOSSIP ABOUT ME?

    GEE CUZ MAYBE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE FKING LOSERS....THAT COULD BE IT..

    NAILED AT MIDNIGHT-

    December 24, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. SHE CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY EVERY GOSSIPS ABOUT HER

    SHE CAN'T REGISTER WHY NOBODY CAN STAND HER, SHE CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY EVERY TALKS ABOUT HER....FKIGN LOSER44

    December 24, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. WHY DO PEOPLE GOSSIP ABOUT ME.-- SHE CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT YET

    CUZ YOUR A FKING LOSER THAT'S WHY...HAAAAAAAAAAAA

    REPORTED AS ABUSE AT MIDNIGHT...PRINT AND FILE WITH GALAXY 4 FACEBOOK CONFESSION ALONG WITH ROUTE.....

    December 24, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. FACEBOOK HACK INTO GALAXY

    WHO DO PEOPLE HATE ME.....CUZ YOUR A FKING LOSER--DUZ THE BOYFRIEND KNOW THE REST OF THE SH-T....NOT YET....BUT HE WILL

    REPORTED AT MIDNIGHT JOE.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ME

    BECAUSE YOUR A LOSERS FATHIPS....HAAAAAAAAAAAA......WAIT UNTIL THE BOYFRIEND HEARS HOW
    LOYAL YOU ARE....MIKE...REPORTED

    December 24, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. WHY DO PEOPLE GOSSIP ABOUT ME? 44

    ANSWER? BECAUSE YOUR A FKING LOSER...

    FACEBOOK ROUTED RIGHT TOO HER AND HER FKING LOSER FRIENDS..

    December 24, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. FATHIPS CONFESSED ON PMS...

    SHE WAS REPORTED FOR FACEBOOK....A CHANGED HO..

    HAAAAAAAAAAAA

    December 24, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. FACEBOOK. JUICED OFF OF GALAXY 4

    SHE CONFESSED AND WAS REPORTED AT MIDNIGHT.....MERRY CHRISTMAS FAT HIPS...

    WE'LL TELL YOU BOYFRIEND THE REST SOON...YAYAYAYAYAYAYA

    December 24, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. FACEBOOK JUICED OFF GALAXY PHONE

    OH WELL FATHIPS YOU FKED AGAIN...YOUR A CHANGED HIPPOCRITE..HAAAAAAAAA

    December 24, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. SHE CONFESSED TOO FACEBOOK ON PMS

    MERRY CHRISTMAS...WAIT UNTIL YOUR BOYFRIEND FINDS OUT THE REST.....

    December 24, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. FACEBOOK HACK LAST NIGHT...

    REPORTED AT MIDNIGHT....MERRY CHRISTMAS FATHIPS...WAIT UNTIL WE TELL HIM THE OTHER SH.T

    FROM 2013

    December 24, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  17. BLOG CONFESSION ..FACEBOOK HACK DONE

    WIN

    December 24, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. Dumbfounded

    2013?!! The fact that this moron has EVER been paid for his "talent" makes him the most overpaid of all time.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • OH WE.... HOE...WE TELL THE OTHER SH.T..SOOM

      REPORT HER AS ABUSE FOR FACEBOO....CONFESSION ON PRIVATE MESSAGES..

      DONE...

      December 24, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  19. Eihcir

    Obviously someone didn't think so did they now?

    December 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumboclot

      He used to produce box office revenue, so you're right, he was not considered a failure for many years. But for whatever reason – maybe Sandler is too lazy to be creative or people are sick of his act – the guy isn't earning any profits anymore. That's what the article is talking about. It's based on results not opinion.

      January 2, 2014 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  20. Meh

    junk actor, junk movies, yet, he still laughs daily

    December 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Clete

    Say what you will about Adam Sandler, but he does know his audience. The movies he makes are crap, but that is what his audience wants and expects. They may not be art, but they rack in money from the half-wits who are his fans.

    December 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Half-wit apparently

      Ok... Well.... Most people forget he's also produces, writes, and directs..... Now as for us half-wits.... Adam Sandler is not always graceful but he has gotten better with age and we can appreciate that as well as his wierd sense of humor.... And finally for your not art comment.... Art is expression of self and that is what he does.... It is not his fault you cannot understand his art... And I very seriously doubt that anyone commenting right now (myself included obviously) has made a movie that made any money at all.... So as long as he is making them money (regardless of how much) why don't we keep our opinions to ourselves? Sound like a plan?

      December 20, 2013 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  22. Ally cat

    Yawn yawn ..A. Sandler is and always has been boring and pathetically talentless. The studio execs don't get $3 out of me.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  23. Name

    ^ Die. Just die and leave the rest of us alone.

    December 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. @who cares

    BITE ME, TROLL.

    December 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Who cares

    Shut up.

    December 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. had enuff

    Not Pliny. Wake up!

    December 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Billy Madison

    Adam Sandl-ah booby touchie!
    (In Billy Madison voice)

    December 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Michael

    How is bringing in 3 and half times more than you get for a job a bad thing? I wish I would get 3 and half dollars for every doller the company gets.

    December 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • zr1100c3

      Because the other 2.5 has to pay for all the other costs of making the movie, not just his salary.

      December 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Pliny = had enuff

    and a troll in his own right.

    December 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Pliny

    With any luck, palintwit in a car with tracy/alverez.....that plunged off a cliff.

    Totally boring...even by troll standards.

    December 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. CtV

    Surprised they don't delete him right away. That Kat woman gets all over it the moment the foodies cry 'troll.' She can block IP's for at least a day or two. They must not be able to do that on the Marquee Blog, or we would't see so much dating site spam or the beyotch who whines about her fat hipped hacker.

    December 10, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  32. I saw

    him on the food blog. I think he likes to stir up trouble with the righties there. They can keep that one trick pony.

    December 10, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  33. had enuff

    Don't encourage him. Maybe he finally realized what a pathetic 1-trick pony he is, and found another hobby.

    December 10, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  34. Shhhhh...

    Don't conjure forth that broken record.

    December 10, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |

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