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Actor Vince Vaughn has studios laughing to the bank

July 23, 2008

vaughn.jpgComedian Vince Vaughn has topped a list of Hollywood stars giving studios the best returns on their investments. In an “Entertainment All Stars Special Issue”, Forbes magazine has looked at which actors provide the best payback and Vaughn was No. 1, with his films earning $14.73 for every dollar he was paid. Why? Well, until recently he wasn’t paid the mega-bucks of other Hollywood stars and the films he starred in, like aniston.jpg“Wedding Crashers” and “The Break-Up,” had modest budgets but good box office returns.

A-listers Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and George Clooney also looked good in the list because of their work in “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen”, as they all took pay cuts to appear in the heist movies. 

Forbes said it compiled the list by looking at a star’s last three films that opened wide before Jan.1 2008  and were made in the past five years — and were not animated. It then took half of each film’s box office income and added the first three months of wholesale DVD revenues, subtracted the budget,  and used the star’s gross income to work out payback.                   

 Here is a list of the top payback stars:

1. Vince Vaughn – $14.73                                      2. Tobey Maguire – $13.44

3. Julia Roberts $13.19                                          4. Brad Pitt $12.73

5. Naomi Watts $12.16                                          6. Matt Damon $12.16

7. George Clooney $11.56                                      8. Jennifer Aniston $10.48

9. Hugh Jackman $9.90                                       10.  Ben Stiller $9.50


According to me these stars are boring and predictable.

Forbes is a self-important exercise in meaningless facile information pumped up to appear to be sensationally important. Forbes’ penchant for stating the infinitely forgettable is not at all important – merely the essence of pointlessness.

Simple as that! :-)

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