Guess which actor gives best return

THE most profitable actor in Hollywood isn't Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr. or Dwayne Johnson - it's Emilio Estevez, the Mighty Duck himself. And there's research to prove it.

Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the GVC gaming group, have studied box-office data from 1980 to 2017 and found that the Young Guns star delivered the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films.

Emilio Estevez starred in the successful Mighty Ducks movies. Picture: Supplied
Emilio Estevez starred in the successful Mighty Ducks movies. Picture: Supplied

Specifically, for every $1 spent on the leading man's films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office, the New York Post reports.

The male actors who generated the next best returns were just as surprising. Jean-Claude van Damme raked in $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3) and Dudley Moore ($3).

Jean-Claude van Damme was the actor with the second best return on investment. Picture: Getty
Jean-Claude van Damme was the actor with the second best return on investment. Picture: Getty

The results for the worst return also left researchers stunned.

Brad Pitt returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, making him the least-profitable actor in Hollywood.

The Ocean's Eleven star was followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents) and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).

Brad Pitt may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood but he delivers the worst bang for a studio’s buck. Picture: Getty
Brad Pitt may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood but he delivers the worst bang for a studio’s buck. Picture: Getty

PartyCasino also crunched the numbers for actresses from the past decade and found that Rose Byrne scored the best return - $9.80 for every budgeted dollar - followed by Regina Hall ($3.50) and Octavia Spencer ($2.90).

A rep told the New York Post that the reason they didn't have the extended data for actresses was because "women, unfortunately, are less likely to be the top-billed actor for a movie."

Rose Byrne recently starred alongside Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Picture: Supplied
Rose Byrne recently starred alongside Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Picture: Supplied

PartyCasino compiled its list by analysing the top 100 films in each year since 1980. Researchers took each movie's gross from Box Office Mojo, which tracks receipts from theatres in the US and Canada, and subtracted each movie's budget.

Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club.  Picture:  Universal Pictures
Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club. Picture: Universal Pictures

The difference - dubbed "profit" by analysts - was then divided by each movie's budget to determine its ROI, or return on investment.

When it came to movie genres, mysteries proved to be the most profitable - returning $39.89 for each budgeted dollar over the 37-year period.

Emilio Estevez is the son of US actor Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen. Picture: AFP
Emilio Estevez is the son of US actor Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen. Picture: AFP

Horror flicks had the second-highest ROI, with $34.13, followed by thrillers ($17.36) and documentaries ($7.38).

Action movies were the least profitable films - generating $1.89 for each budget dollar, followed by crime pictures ($2.01) and musicals ($2.05).

Emilio Estevez with wife Sonia in 2006. Picture: Supplied
Emilio Estevez with wife Sonia in 2006. Picture: Supplied

This article originally appeared in the New York Post

 

 

Dudley Moore with Bo Derek in the movie 10. Picture: Supplied
Dudley Moore with Bo Derek in the movie 10. Picture: Supplied
Johnny Depp’s a bad return on investment which doesn’t bode well for his new movie Murder on the Orient Express. Picture: Supplied
Johnny Depp’s a bad return on investment which doesn’t bode well for his new movie Murder on the Orient Express. Picture: Supplied
Rose Byrne, with partner Bobby Cannavale, brings in about $10 for every $1 she gets paid. Picture: AFP
Rose Byrne, with partner Bobby Cannavale, brings in about $10 for every $1 she gets paid. Picture: AFP


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