Eddie Murphy was once a beloved funnyman, known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Beverly Hills Cop and a slew of family-friendly comedies that even adults would enjoy. But oh, how the mighty have fallen.
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Murphy has topped Forbes
' annual list of
the most overpaid actors in Hollywood. The magazine estimates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, the films earned an average of $2.30 at the box office.
The numbers aren't that surprising, since Murphy's recent films are a far cry from the blockbusters he used to headline. Meet Dave
, A Thousand Words
and Imagine That
all flopped at the box office, while Murphy's supposed "comeback" film Tower Heist
did only marginally better.
Murphy placed second last year on Forbes
' list behind Drew Barrymore, who fell out of the top 10 this year without any recent releases.
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Following Murphy, is former box-office rom-com queen Katherine Heigl
. The actress made her somewhat shocking debut on the overpaid actors list with the estimated average return of $3.40.
Reese Witherspoon comes in third, with an average of $3.90. Another surprise, Sandra Bullock, ranks in fourth with her films earning $5 for every dollar she was paid. Jack Black comes in fifth with an average $5.20 return for every dollar he received.