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

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Mark Wahlberg Jeff Gross/Getty Images Mark Wahlberg earned $68 million last year - but his movies are flopping.

  • Mark Wahlberg is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes.
  • 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 last year, making him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.

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 prior to June 1, 2017 - "Deepwater Horizon," "Patriots Day," and "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 Walhberg 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 Getty/Clemens Bilan Channing Tatum took the No. 3 spot.

To determine the ranking, Forbes deducted the estimated production budget from the global box office earnings for an actor's three most recent, non-animated, 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 multi-million 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.

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