– by Nick Doll

We all know the heavy hitters when it comes down to box office gross. The likes of Will Smith, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt cause audiences to come in groves to see their films, but this star appeal does NOT make them the most profitable actors.

To look at the most profitable actors, you must compare how much their films cost, including the actor’s pay, versus how much they bring in for the studio, not simply how large the crowd is to see their movies. Variety has a new report compiled by PartyCasino, who analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine the most and least profitable actors.

And the most profitable actor is… Emilio Estevez… I know, right?

Estevez, who obviously earned the title from his ’80s and ’90s films as opposed to more recent projects, was at the top of the list of the most profitable actors with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least ten films. Estevez brought in $6.70 at the box office for every $1 spent on his films.

Coming in second is Jean-Claude Van Damme with $4.20 for each dollar. Other high rollers mentioned by Variety were Mel Gibson at $3.50 and Tyler Perry at $3.00.

On the low side? You might be just as shocked.

Brad Pitt is the least profitable actor, returning only 10 cents for every dollar spent. Johnny Depp is the second least profitable with a return of 20 cents, followed by Robert Dinero at 24 cents, Hugh Jackman at 25 cents, and Anthony Hopkins at 26 cents.

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SOURCE: Variety

  • Kronx

    I don’t know about that one. Being top-billed isn’t the same as being the reason people went to see the movie.

    Yeah, he’s listed first on the Breakfast Club poster, but he’s not the star of that movie either.

    But it illustrates that there’s a Moneyball line where an actor is just cheap enough to keep the budget down but good enough to elevate a script.

  • Behemothrex

    Yah this has nothing to do with star power and everything to do with Ego. Pitt and other A-Listers only appear in bigger budget blockbuster type movies, maybe making one every 5 years or so. Estevez is like shit I got to eat sure I will do that movie for 30 grand. Hell I will make 20 movies this year!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Hopefully some studio exec (or assistant) reads this and misunderstands the article. That way we can get A Mighty Duck Reunion, Maximum Overdrive/Fast and Furious crossover, Repo Man:2049 Covenant, Old Guns, and Loaded Weapon Dos.