While Shia's movies returned about $81 of profit for every $1 the studios spent on him, Anne secured the second spot because for every dollar she earned, studios earned $64 off of her films.
Shia LaBeouf and Anne Hathaway took two highest spots in Forbes' list of Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck. Shia topped the list for second year in a row because every $1 the studios spent on him, his films returned about $81 of profit. Anne, in the meantime, unseated on James McAvoy's last year runner-up position because for every dollar she earned, studios earned $64 off of her films.
Shia was named the star who brought in the most profits for his movies such as "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ($836 million worldwide box office) and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" ($787 million). Meanwhile, Anne became the second most profitable star due to her hit films such as "Alice in Wonderland" ($1 billion at the global box office) and "Bride Wars" ($115 million at the global box office).
The third place was seated on by "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe because every $1 the studios spent on him, his films returned around $61 in profit. Robert Downey Jr. secured the fourth spot of the list with a $33 return for every $1 he was paid. His "Sherlock Holmes" brought in $517 million last Christmas, while his "Iron Man 2" has earned $622 million at the global box office.
Cate Blanchett ranked fifth, while Jennifer Aniston and Meryl Streep were tied in sixth place. Rounding out the top ten were Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. Actors who made it to the list have to have starred in at least three movies in the past five years that opened in more than 500 theaters. Meanwhile, films that opened after June 1 and animated projects were not counted.
Forbes' List of Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck:
- Shia LaBeouf - $81
- Anne Hathaway - $64
- Daniel Radcliffe - $61
- Robert Downey Jr. - $33
- Cate Blanchett - $27
- Jennifer Aniston( tied) - $21
- Meryl Streep (tied) - $21
- Johnny Depp - $18
- Nicolas Cage - $17
- Sarah Jessica Parker - $17