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.

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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


    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. 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 |
  5. 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 |
  6. Meh

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

    December 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 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 |
  8. 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 |
  9. 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 |
  10. 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 |
  11. Shhhhh...

    Don't conjure forth that broken record.

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

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