Mark Wahlberg is one of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors, according to Forbes

Recent box office success has been elusive for Marky Mark.

Mark Wahlberg at the premiere of "Daddy's Home" in New York in 2015. –Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Mark Wahlberg may be feeling the good vibrations, but his recent movies haven’t been box office sensations.

According to an analysis by Forbes, Wahlberg is currently the seventh-most overpaid actor in Hollywood, with the actor’s considerable salary not producing the lucrative profits film executives hoped for.

To create their list, Forbes looked at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2016, not counting animated films, cameos, or movies that were released in less than 2,000 theaters. They then took the film’s estimated operating income — total box office gross minus estimated production budget — and divided it by the star’s estimated pay for the three films.


By that measure, Wahlberg earned film executives only $9.20 for every dollar they paid him for the three films Forbes looked at — Daddy’s Home (2015), Ted 2 (2015), and The Gambler (2014). The poor box office performance of The Gambler, which earned just under $34 million domestically on a $25 million budget, was the biggest factor in the actor’s ranking. Wahlberg almost certainly wouldn’t be on the list if Forbes had included 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which grossed over $1 billion internationally.

The majority of Forbes’ list is comprised of traditional A-list stars who have at least one recent flop to their name. The worst of the bunch? Black Mass star Johnny Depp, who earned executives just $2.80 for every dollar they paid him to star in flops like Mortdecai ($7.7 million domestic gross on a $60 million budget) and Alice Through the Looking Glass ($77 million domestic on a $170 million budget).

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