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Eddie Murphy is this year's most overpaid actor, Forbes says

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Eddie Murphy is this year's most overpaid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes.

Forbes estimates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, he returned $2.30 at the box office, the LA Times reports.

If you take out Murphy's voice role in the latest "Shrek" movie, "Shrek Forever After," the worldwide gross of Murphy's last three live-action films -- "Imagine That," "Tower Heist" and "A Thousand Words" -- is a combined domestic box office total of $196.3 million.

Compare that performance to his early '80s run of the hits "48 Hrs.," "Trading Places" and "Beverly Hills Cop," which collectively hauled in $316.3 million. And that was decades ago when movie tickets cost way less than $10 each!

Following Murphy on the list is Katherine Heigl, who has been dealing with flops such as "One for the Money," which failed to earn back its estimated $40-million production cost at the box office.

Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, on the list, with Jack Black rounding out the top five.

The next five are Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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