No. 1: Poor Eddie Murphy desperately needs a comeback.
Remember back in the day when he was so funny on "Saturday Night Live" and in
movies like "Trading Places" and "Beverly Hills Cop"? His voice work has helped
make movies like "Shrek" and "Mulan" tolerable for adults, and even his
family-friendly movies, like "Norbit" and "Dr. Dolittle," were good for some
But lately, Murphy's career has just collapsed. "Imagine That," "A Thousand
Words" and "Meet Dave" were colossal flops. Last year's "Tower Heist," which was
supposed to be something of a return to form for the comedian, failed to wow at
the box office, earning $153 million on an estimated budget of $75 million. (In
order to even come close to turning a profit, a movie has to earn twice its
production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing.) Murphy
then backed out of hosting the Oscars, which didn't help his reputation.
His string of flops lands Murphy at the top of our Most Overpaid Actors list
for 2012. We estimate that for every $1 Murphy was paid for his last three
films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office.
On Forbes: Full List: Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars