“To compile our list, we used data on actors’ earnings gathered for our 'Celebrity 100' list," explained Forbes. "Box office grosses and budget estimates are from 'Box Office Mojo'. We looked at the last three films each actor starred in over the last three years that opened in more than 2,000 theaters, calculating the return on investment for the studios who pay his (or her) salary.
"We didn’t count movies where the actor was in a supporting or large ensemble role and we didn’t count animated movies. The actors who score well on this list tend to have small paydays and star in highly profitable movies."
According to Forbes, Portman makes $42.70 for every dollar a studio pays her. In particular, 2010’s "Black Swan" not only garnered the thespian an Academy Award for Best Actress, but with a paltry $13 million budget, it raked in an astonishing $329 million worldwide gross. It was the little indie film that could, it seems.
Other actors that Forbes deemed most bankable were Robert Pattinson ($31.70), Taylor Lautner ($29.50), Bradley Cooper ($25), Dwayne Johnson ($22.70), Amy Adams ($22.60), and Kevin James ($22.40) rounding out the list.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life