LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- As the star of the “Transformers” saga, Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to big screen explosions – but where the actor really brings the boom is in the studios’ piggy banks.
For the second year in a row, Shia has been dubbed the star who brings the most “bang for the buck” in Hollywood, according to a new report by Forbes.
The money mag determined the actor brings in $81 of profit to the studio for every $1 they spend on him, thanks to the success of films like “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
While “Crystal Skull” brought in $790 million at the box office, the “Transformers” sequel earned a whopping $833 million.
Coming in second on the new list was big screen beauty Anne Hathaway, who turned every dollar into $64 for the studios, thanks largely to “Alice in Wonderland” and “Bride Wars.”
Hollywood’s boy wizard, Daniel Radcliffe, found himself in third place, with a $61 return on his efforts – although he does not come cheap, Radcliffe’s “Harry Potter” films make so much money ($5.4 billion at the box office worldwide), his salary is well worth it.
Robert Downey Jr. landed in the fourth spot on the list, bringing in $33 for every buck spent on the resurgent actor. Films including “Sherlock Holmes” and “Iron Man 2” were some of the highest grossing films of the past few years, all the while with Downey’s salary reportedly staying relatively in check.
Rounding out the top five was leading lady Cate Blanchett, whose success in films such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Robin Hood” translated into a $27 profit for every dollar paid to the British beauty.
In coming up with their list, Forbes “looked at the top 36 earners in Hollywood. To qualify, each actor had to have starred in at least three movies in the past five years that opened in more than 500 theaters.”
They did not take into account any movies that opened after June 1, 2010 and also did not include stars who lent their voices to animated films because “the actors aren’t really the draw and they tend to take pay cuts for voice work.”
Each film’s estimated budget, along with box office, DVD and TV earnings were taken into account, compared to each actor’s compensation for their respective works.
Rounding out Forbes’ top 10 were Jennifer Aniston ($21), Meryl Streep ($21), Johnny Depp ($18), Nicolas Cage ($17) and Sarah Jessica Parker ($17).