Eddie Murphy is overpaid –– Forbes

Eddie Murphy has been named the most overpaid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

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The 51-year-old actor –– whose recent films Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave were all labelled flops –– is reportedly no longer popular at the box office, despite being paid a huge amount of money to star in huge number of movies.

Weighing box office receipts against revenue, Forbes calculated for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of just US$2,30 at the box office.

Murphy placed second on the list a year ago.

His movie Tower Heist which was released last year, also failed to wow audiences and earned just over double its budget of US$75 million.

Earlier this year, Eddie revealed he is in talks to make a Beverly Hills Cop TV show.

One of the comedian and actor’s best loved roles was as wise cracking detective Axel Foley in the three films of the late 1980s and Murphy is currently working on bringing them back.

“What I’m trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit,” Murphy said.

According to the magazine, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing, to be considered a financial success.

Katherine Heigl came second in the list of most overpaid stars as her most recent film One For The Money earned just US$37 million and cost US$40 million to make.

It was the same with actor Ben Stiller, whom Forbes said “earns so much money per film that one miss can make him seem overpaid. That’s what happened with Tower Heist, in which the actor co-starred with  Murphy.

Reese Witherspoon also failed to lure audiences to the cinema this year. Other surprising actors on the list include Sandra Bullock and Jack Black.

The 10 most overpaid actors in Hollywood of 2012 –– according to Forbes:

1. Eddie Murphy
2. Katherine Heigl
3. Reese Witherspoon
4. Sandra Bullock
5. Jack Black
6. Nicolas Cage
7. Adam Sandler
8. Denzel Washington
9. Ben Stiller
10. Sarah Jessica Parker