Mark Wahlberg raked in $68 million in 2017 — but he’s the most overpaid actor in Hollywood

Mark Wahlberg earned $68 million last year, but his movies are flopping.

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Mark Wahlberg earned $68 million last year, but his movies are flopping.
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  • Mark Wahlberg is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes.
  • Wahlberg was paid 1,500 times as much as his costar, Michelle Williams, for “All the Money in the World,” according to USA Today.
  • But three of his recent movies made just $4.40 at the box office for every $1 he earned, making him the most overpaid actor of the last year.
  • Christian Bale and Channing Tatum round out the top three on Forbes list of most overpaid actors.

Mark Wahlberg earned $68 million in 2017, making him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.

Wahlberg was paid was paid 1,500 times as much as his costar, Michelle Williams, for “All the Money in the World,” according to USA Today.

But he may not be worth his salt, according to a new analysis from Forbes.

Together, Wahlberg’s three most recent wide-release films that debuted before June 1 – “Deepwater Horizon,” “Patriots Day,” “Daddy’s Home” – brought in $4.40 at the box office for every $1 he earned making them.

Forbes calculated actors’ box-office-earnings-to-paycheck ratio for its 2017 list of the most overpaid actors. The list, which was all men this year, ranks actors from Forbes’ highest-paid-celebrity list by how much money their movies earn for every $1 they are paid to star in them.

Wahlberg also starred in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which was released in mid-June, and executive-produced his latest film, “Daddy’s Home 2,” neither of which were included in Forbes’ calculation.

British actor Christian Bale came in at No. 2 on the list, largely thanks to his 2016 flop “The Promise.” The big-budget film about the Armenian genocide earned back an estimated 11% of its $90 million production costs, according to Forbes. Together, Bale’s three most recent movies brought in $6.70 at the box office for every $1 he earned.

And though his paychecks are modest compared to Wahlberg and Bale, Channing Tatum earned the No. 3 spot on Forbes’ list. His three most recent movies, including 2017’s “Logan Lucky,” returned $7.60 for every $1 he earned making them.

Channing Tatum.

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Channing Tatum.
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To determine the ranking, Forbes deducted the estimated production budget from the global box-office earnings for an actor’s three most recent, nonanimated, starring-role movies released before June 1, 2017. Forbes then divided that by the actor’s estimated pay for those movies to determine a return on investment figure.

“While these returns sound exceptional to stock or bond investors, Hollywood accounting means they are far worse than they seem,” wrote Forbes staffer Natalie Robehmed. “Studios and exhibitors must split global box-office totals; add in multimillion-dollar publicity and release costs not included in production budgets and films quickly become more expensive.”

Rounding out the top five in the ranking are Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt, whose latest three movies brought in $10.50 and $11.50 at the box office, respectively, for every $1 they earned.