Mark Wahlberg Is the Most Overpaid Actor of 2017??

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Using the word 'overpaid' to describe an actor implies some sort of laziness or poor craft on their behalf. The Box Office isn't that discerning. But what it does offer is a very easy formula that tells you pretty quickly which actors are being given big paychecks that aren't translating into ticket sales.

The worst culprit from 2017? Mark Wahlberg, who took home $68 million this year before tax.

Forbes reports: "[Wahlberg's] three wide releases prior to June 1, 2017, returned just $4.40 at the box office for every $1 he was paid on them. With disappointments including 2016's oil spill drama Deepwater Horizon, which barely out-earned its estimated $110 million budget."

They did point out, however, that these figures don't include his most recent releases Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddy's Home 2 as they were released after their scoring period.

Wahlberg was followed by Christian Bale, "because of Armenian genocide flop The Promise. The big-budget epic earned back an estimated 11% of its $90 million-plus production costs, making it one of the worst-performing wide releases of the year."


In third spot was Channing Tatum, "due in part to 2017's Logan Lucky, which grossed just $46.7 million on a $29 million budget."

The list is entirely made up of male actors, which can only enforce the issue of the gender pay gap in Hollywood.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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