Entertainment behind the scenes
Actor Vince Vaughn has studios laughing to the bank
Comedian 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 “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