“Black Swan” was the dark horse Natalie Portman rode to the top of Forbes’ Most Bankable Actors list.
Films in which Portman stars reportedly earn $42.70 for every dollar she earns on average.
With a budget of about $13 million, “Black Swan,” the critically acclaimed juggernaut, grossed $329 million worldwide.
Her roles in “No Strings Attached” and “Your Highness” were also taken into account. “No Strings Attached,” a romantic comedy with Ashton Kutcher, earned $150 million at the global box office and only cost about $25 million to produce.
“Your Highness,” on the other hand, was a veritable flop. The $50 million budget produced a movie that only grossed $25 million, failing to cover expenses. But that was not enough to topple her ranking as the actor who provides studios the best bang for the buck.
Coming in second place, Kristen Stewart is part of movies that rake in $40.60 for every dollar she is paid. Since the “Twilight” films grossed $3.3 billion worldwide, her return on investment was high.
Stewart received the same salaries as her Twilight co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner for the final films. But Pattison ranked the fourth most-bankable actor, and Lautner placed sixth.
This happened because “Snow White and the Huntsman” – which grossed $400 million with a $118 million budget – pushed her ahead to become the list’s runner-up.
Forbes assembled the rankings by comparing actors’ earnings from the magazine’s Celebrity 100 list with movie grosses and budgets from Box Office Mojo.
“We looked at the last three films each actor starred in over the last three years that opened in more than 2,000 theaters, calculating the return on investment for the studios who pay his (or her) salary,” explained Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz, who oversees the Celebrity 100 list.
Forbes did not take into account supporting roles, so Portman’s part in “Thor,” for instance, did not come into play. Even with this money-making marvel omitted, Portman still skyrocketed to the top.
Source: NY Daily News