Forbes' last list wasn't exactly fair. Well, maybe "fair" isn't the right word. Of course the author did her research, but the list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood was topped by four women who in terms of the caliber of their recent work, just didn't deserve their ranking. Forbes has a new list up and while it's still populated with stars who delivered last year's junk, at least the cash in question isn't going into their pockets. Now we're dealing with the actors that are making due on their paycheck based on their film's profit per $1 the actor or actress earned.
Say what you want about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but from a studio perspective, they make Shia LaBeouf well worth the money. LaBeouf actually earned the top spot last year as well thanks to the first Transformers film. Back then he wasn't nearly as big a star as he is today, meaning he wasn't getting massive paychecks up front like other top earning stars. Even with Transformers' success, Revenge of the Fallen still didn't get him in the $20 million range and in this list's case, the film's $836.3 million worldwide gross worked to his advantage. For every $1 LaBeouf earns, he makes the studio $81. Odds are he's making a little more for the franchise's third installment, so LaBeouf's run on this list might end here. However, even if Transformers 3 doesn't do as well as the second film, the 3D ticket prices could give the film's earnings a boost.