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NEW YORK, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Actresses Natalie Portman and
Kristen Stewart are Hollywood's most bankable stars and provide
studios with the highest average returns for their films,
according to Forbes.com.
Academy award winner Portman topped the list of best actors
for the buck, providing about $42.70 for every dollar she earns.
"Black Swan," for which she won her best actress Oscar, was
produced for an estimated $13 million and earned $329 million in
global box office sales.
"We estimate that for every dollar Portman is paid by the
studios, she returns $42.70. Compare that to Eddie Murphy, our
most overpaid star, who returns $2.30 for every dollar he gets
paid," Forbes.com said.
"Twilight" star Stewart was not far behind, bringing in
$40.60. She also topped the Forbes list of highest-earning
actresses with an estimated $34.5 million in salary in 2012.
"Stewart was able to earn a ton over the last three years
and offer a healthy return thanks to 'Twilight,'" according to
Forbes.com. "Even though she was paid $25 million to star in the
last two films, she was clearly worth the money."
Forbes.com analyzed salaries, estimated box office grosses
from the actor's last three films over the previous three years
to calculate the studio's return on investment. The most
bankable stars tended to be featured in the most profitable
Stewart's two co-stars in the "Twilight" films were also
good investments for the studio. Robert Pattinson came in fourth
with a return of $31.70 and Taylor Lautner was No. 6, making
$29.50 for the studio for every dollar he was paid.
(Editing by Steve Orlofsky)