Your tip

Natalie Portman And Kristen Stewart Deliver Biggest Box Office Bang For The Buck

//natalie portman kristen stewart forbes

Dec. 26 2012, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Even Hollywood producers are always on the look out for a bargain, and instead of hitting the holiday sales they hire stars who they know are a good value for their money.

According to, the most cost-efficient actors in 2012 were Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart, who both led small budget movies to big box office profits.

While Black Swan wasn't a mass marketing vehicle like some blockbuster franchises, the dark drama made $329 million at the box office worldwide for the modest cost of $13 million, along with allowing 31-year-old Natalie to win her first Best Actress Oscar as well as the top spot on Hollywood's Best Actors For The Buck list.

Article continues below advertisement

For every dollar she was paid, newlywed Portman brought in an estimated $42.70, compared to Tinsel Town's most overpaid actor, Eddie Murphy, who returns $2.30 for every dollar he gets paid.

To calculate the list, Forbes used data on actors' earnings, with box office grosses and budget estimates. They 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.

Portman's other big earner was No Strings Attached, with Ashton Kutcher, which made $150 million at the box office globally on a budget of $25 million.

Coming in second of the bargain list is Kristen Stewart, who despite her torrid affair in 2012 with director Rupert Sanders is still movie gold. For every dollar she gets paid Stewart returns an average $40.60, reported Forbes, even though she also tops their Highest Earning Actress list, thanks to the Twilight franchise.

Breaking News
Article continues below advertisement

Even though she was paid $25 million to star in the last two films, she was clearly worth the money. The Twilight films have grossed $3.3 billion at the global box office and the final film, Breaking Dawn Part 2, is still in theaters.


Ashton Kutcher Is TV’s Top Paid Actor, Pulls In $24 Million A Year!

America's Fourth Richest Woman Revealed To Be Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter In Law

Kim Kardashian Among Stars Making Forbes’ Highest Paid Actresses On TV List!

Cha-Ching! Who Topped Forbes Highest-Paid Actresses List?



Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 Radar Media Group LLC. RADAR and RADARONLINE are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.