Matt Damon is Hollywood’s best investment, says Forbes.com.
For every pound he was paid for his last three roles, Damon brought in $29 million of gross income, the site calculated.
That put the 36-year-old ‘Bourne’ star atop a Forbes list of 22 film heavyweights, ranked by the same financial formula. The ‘Ultimate Star Payback’ list.
The first two ‘Bourne’ movies grossed an estimated $850 million at the box office and in DVD sales, Forbes said.
The third installment, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ opened last weekend and brought in $70 million at the U.S. box office. It was the biggest August film opening ever in the States.
Brad Pitt took second place on the list, with a gross income return of $24 millionof his pay, and Vince Vaughn tied with Johnny Depp for third with $21.
Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, is the most profitable actress with a gross income return of$17 million.
Pitt’s companion, Angelina Jolie, ranked sixth with $15 million.
“The biggest stars in Hollywood are not the actors that deliver the biggest returns,” Forbes senior editor Michael Ozanian said.