Shia LaBeouf is most profitable actor

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 18:52 PM IST

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has topped the Forbes list of the most profitable actor for the second straight year.

For every dollar that the actor is paid, the movie in which he appeared earned USD 81 in profit thus offering the biggest bang for the buck, according to a Forbes list released Monday.

LaBeouf`s top ranking is because of the blockbusters like `Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull` good for USD787 million worldwide, and `Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen` which brought in USD 836 million worldwide, the Hollywood Reporter said.

`Devil Wears Prada` star Anne Hathaway was second thanks to the USD 1 billion that `Alice in Wonderland` earned at the box office and the `Bride Wars`, which took in USD 115 million. Hathaway`s movies generate USD 64 in profit for each USD 1 she earns.

The magazine looked at the top 36 earners in Hollywood who made at least three films in five years that opened wide.

They calculated box office, DVD and TV sales and subtracted a movie`s budget, stripping out marketing costs, "which are susceptible to accounting chicanery."

Rounding out the Top 5 were `Harry Potter` star Daniel Radcliffe with his USD 61 in profit for each USD 1 paid, Robert Downey Jr (USD 33) and Cate Blanchett (USD27).

Probably the most surprising actor cracking the Top 10 is Johnny Depp, given the massive salary he is usually paid.

He was paid USD 1 for every USD 18 in profit his movies earned.

PTI