Adam Sandler tops ‘overpaid actors’ list

Denzel Washington, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston and Matt Damon also feature on Forbes' new Top 10

Adam Sandler has come top on a new list of ‘overpaid’ Hollywood actors.

Forbes magazine’s annual list takes the pay packets of movie actors and compares them to the amount of cash that their films rake in, to work out which ones don’t quite justify their hefty salaries.

Sandler is top of the list thanks to the poor performances of Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy. Forbes compiled the list by looking at the last three films each actor has made over the past three years, calculating the return for the star after taking into account their pay check, the movie budget and promotional expenses. Coming in second, just behind Sandler, was Katherine Heigl, followed by Reese Witherspoon in third. Nicolas Cage was fourth and Kevin James fifth. Denzel Washington, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon and Ryan Reynolds round out the Top 10.

Meanwhile, Sandler and Drew Barrymore – who has previously featured in Forbes’ ‘overpaid actors’ list – are to revive their screen chemistry in a new romantic comedy film. The pair starred together in two previous rom-coms, 1998’s The Wedding Singer and 2004’s 50 First Dates, both of which became hits at the box office. Barrymore also made an uncredited cameo appearance in Sandler’s poorly-received Jack & Jill. The new movie centres on a dating couple who get trapped at a family holiday resort where their kids from previous relationships are staying.