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Johnny Depp named Hollywood's most overpaid actor after string of flops

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Published 23/12/2015 | 07:36

Johnny Depp's 16-year-old daughter Lily-Rose has been named as a style leader by Vogue magazine
Johnny Depp's 16-year-old daughter Lily-Rose has been named as a style leader by Vogue magazine

Johnny Depp has been named and shamed as Hollywood's most overpaid actor in 2015.

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The 52-year-old replaces Adam Sandler at the top of Forbes magazine's annual list after a string of flop movies, including Transcendence and Mortdecai, with both films returning a measly $1.20 (£0.81) for every $1 (£0.68) he was paid to make them, according to the outlet.

Crime caper Mortdecai made $47.3 million (£31.9 million) on a $60 million (£40.5 million) budget, although just $7.7 million (£5.1 million) came from the North American box office. Meanwhile, Transcendence grossed $103 million (£69.5 million) worldwide, which barely covered its production costs.

However, Johnny has two sequels in the pipeline which could make his time at the top of the list short-lived.

Stirring performance: Johnny Depp, playing James 'Whitey' Bulger, and Joel Edgerton in 'Black Mass'
Stirring performance: Johnny Depp, playing James 'Whitey' Bulger, and Joel Edgerton in 'Black Mass'
Dull: Johnny Depp is Whitey Bolger in 'Black Mass'

The fifth instalment of the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is due for release in 2017, while the follow up to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is expected to hit cinemas next year (16).

To draw up the list, Forbes examined the last three movies each actor starred in before June, 2015, although animated films and those in limited release were excluded.

Adam had topped the countdown for the last two consecutive years, following flops such as Jack and Jill and That's My Boy, but due to his new production deal with streaming service Netflix, he was ruled ineligible for this year.

Denzel Washington is a surprise second on the new Forbes list, and while he hasn't had any particularly big flops, he still only returned $6.50 (£4.39) for every $1 (£0.68) he earned, despite The Equalizer reeling in $192.3 million (£129 million) on a $55 million (£37.1 million) budget.

A-listers Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Will Smith round out the top five.

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