Johnny Depp Named Most Overpaid Actor of 2015, Trumps Adam Sandler

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Johnny Depp has been named the most overpaid actor of 2015. According to Forbes, his recent films Mortdecai and Transcendence returned a mere $1.20 for every $1 he was paid. 

Adam Sandler previously held the title for the last two years, but he was deemed ineligible due to his current Netflix deal. Depp, 52, was second on 2014’s list. This year, it’s Denzel Washington who was crowned runner-up. The Equalizer’s star return on investment was $6.50 for every $1 he was paid.

According to Forbes, Depp used to be able to rake in the dough. The last four Pirates of the Caribbean films grossed $3.7 billion.

Depp’s film Mortdecai, which was released in January, earned a mere $47 million and cost $60 million to make. Transcendence, from 2014, also barely made back what it cost — $100 million. Black Mass earned $94.5 million.

In Depp’s defense, Forbes notes that his upcoming sequels Alice Through the Looking Glass and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will likely score at the box office.

Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Will Smith round out Forbes’ top five most overpaid actors.

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