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Like it or not, Shia LaBeouf is the most bang for the studios' buck

09.01.2010

It seems like Shia LaBeouf is popping up in everything nowadays, and it appears there's a reason from that, other than his boyish good looks.

According to Forbes, LaBeouf tops the annual list of actors who are the "best value" for the money for studios, meaning $1 in salary for them equates to X amount of dollars in box office revenue. LaBeoufs return is a massive $81 per dollar, putting him high above even #2 on the list, Anne Hathaway at $64. Here's the full rundown:

1. Shia LaBeouf: $81

2. Anne Hathaway: $64

3. Daniel Radcliffe: $61

4. Robert Downey Jr.: $33

5. Cate Blanchett: $27

6. Jennifer Aniston: $21

7. Meryl Streep: $21

8. Johnny Depp: $18

9. Nicolas Cage: $17

10 Sarah Jessica Parker: $17

It's a pretty interesting list, full of both the young and upcoming who don't demand too much of a salary yet, and veteran A-listers who know to take a salary cut if it means keep costs down on a film. LaBeouf at the top is not surprise considering two TRANSFORMERS movies, INDY 4 and even the surprise hit DISTURBIA. He'll likely start billing more for his services after this, as you'll recall someone like Will Smith topping this list in years past, but now he demands more money than anyone because of it.

Who do you think the biggest surprise is here?

Extra Tidbit: Even with DEVIL WEARS PRADA and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, I'm still surprised Hathaway is that high. She must be quite the bargain.
Source: Forbes

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3:39PM on 09/02/2010

OMFG

This is whats wrong with Hollywood right here! Ever wonder why a really bad cast decision was made for a potentially good character? (I.E. Jessica Alba as Invisible Women).

Yep thats it right there. So naturally hollywood is going to put Shia in as many films as possible until his return value is next $1-$1.

Fucking Studio Whores.
This is whats wrong with Hollywood right here! Ever wonder why a really bad cast decision was made for a potentially good character? (I.E. Jessica Alba as Invisible Women).

Yep thats it right there. So naturally hollywood is going to put Shia in as many films as possible until his return value is next $1-$1.

Fucking Studio Whores.
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8:22PM on 09/01/2010
Just don't let him near a Walgreens.
Just don't let him near a Walgreens.
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7:51PM on 09/01/2010
Hey, he's not greedy.
Hey, he's not greedy.
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6:57PM on 09/01/2010

Good for him

I like the kid, talented actor.
I like the kid, talented actor.
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6:54PM on 09/01/2010

so? he's still a colossal mule dick.

and really, people went to see transformers and indy because of HIM? proof that everything is stupid.
and really, people went to see transformers and indy because of HIM? proof that everything is stupid.
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4:53PM on 09/01/2010

Worthington

To the people who mentioned Worthington: Terminator Salvation, Clash of the Titans, and Avatar combined for over $1 billion domestically. So average it out to $333 million per film (that's rounding down, I know). If he was paid $10 million for each of those movies (and I'm sure he wasn't paid that much), studios are getting back $33.3 for each dollar spent on him. Given the estimations I made, I'm sure his actual return is even better than that. He should be here somewhere
To the people who mentioned Worthington: Terminator Salvation, Clash of the Titans, and Avatar combined for over $1 billion domestically. So average it out to $333 million per film (that's rounding down, I know). If he was paid $10 million for each of those movies (and I'm sure he wasn't paid that much), studios are getting back $33.3 for each dollar spent on him. Given the estimations I made, I'm sure his actual return is even better than that. He should be here somewhere
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3:32PM on 09/01/2010

Good in Freaks and Geeks

He just needs to broaden his repertoire. And stop saying "No no no no no no no no no no no no no" in every fucking film he's in.
He just needs to broaden his repertoire. And stop saying "No no no no no no no no no no no no no" in every fucking film he's in.
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3:24PM on 09/01/2010
Listen guys, I wish I could hate Shia too. He's in too many movies, he's young, he seems hip which means we shouldn't like him.

But the dude is charm. He sells vulnerability, and he's funny. He's the guy I hate to love, but I do. Be honest with yourselves: he's goddamn charismatic whether you like it or not.
Listen guys, I wish I could hate Shia too. He's in too many movies, he's young, he seems hip which means we shouldn't like him.

But the dude is charm. He sells vulnerability, and he's funny. He's the guy I hate to love, but I do. Be honest with yourselves: he's goddamn charismatic whether you like it or not.
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3:11PM on 09/01/2010

All this means

is that A) His salary is not exorbitant, and B) He's been in three blockbusters that would have done huge numbers no matter who was in his role - both Transformers and Indiana Jones.

His best role was in a bomb...New York, I Love You.

is that A) His salary is not exorbitant, and B) He's been in three blockbusters that would have done huge numbers no matter who was in his role - both Transformers and Indiana Jones.

His best role was in a bomb...New York, I Love You.

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2:19PM on 09/01/2010

Sam Worthington?

Avatar made more money than Transformers 1 & 2, Indy 4, and Disturbia COMBINED.
Avatar made more money than Transformers 1 & 2, Indy 4, and Disturbia COMBINED.
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3:44PM on 09/01/2010
then you factor Clash of Titans and Terminator: Salvation...
then you factor Clash of Titans and Terminator: Salvation...
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2:12PM on 09/01/2010

Doesn't mean much

I doubt he pulls in all the money on his own. I mean he has been in indy 4 + of course Transfomers but they had pulling power of Ford + Fox (respectively)
I doubt he pulls in all the money on his own. I mean he has been in indy 4 + of course Transfomers but they had pulling power of Ford + Fox (respectively)
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2:12PM on 09/01/2010

Doesn't mean much

I doubt he pulls in all the money on his own. I mean he has been in indy 4 + of course Transfomers but they had pulling power of Ford + Fox (respectively)
I doubt he pulls in all the money on his own. I mean he has been in indy 4 + of course Transfomers but they had pulling power of Ford + Fox (respectively)
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1:58PM on 09/01/2010

this list isn't saying much

it just says that these actors' agents aren't doing their job to the fullest.
it just says that these actors' agents aren't doing their job to the fullest.
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1:41PM on 09/01/2010

BS

Have to agree with JohnLocke2342. In Shia's biggest films, the film itself was the draw; not the actors. If they're going to measure it by that standard, where the hell is Megan Fox?
Have to agree with JohnLocke2342. In Shia's biggest films, the film itself was the draw; not the actors. If they're going to measure it by that standard, where the hell is Megan Fox?
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1:33PM on 09/01/2010

BS

Have to agree with JohnLocke2342. In Shia's biggest films, the film itself was the draw; not the actors. If they're going to measure it by that standard, where the hell is Megan Fox?
Have to agree with JohnLocke2342. In Shia's biggest films, the film itself was the draw; not the actors. If they're going to measure it by that standard, where the hell is Megan Fox?
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1:32PM on 09/01/2010

BS

Have to agree with JohnLocke2342. In Shia's biggest films, the film itself was the draw; not the actors. If they're going to measure it by that standard, where the hell is Megan Fox?
Have to agree with JohnLocke2342. In Shia's biggest films, the film itself was the draw; not the actors. If they're going to measure it by that standard, where the hell is Megan Fox?
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1:21PM on 09/01/2010

It's not Shia.

It's spielberg who is the puppet master and he simply places Shia in films which are surely going to be a hit regardless of the actor in them.
It's spielberg who is the puppet master and he simply places Shia in films which are surely going to be a hit regardless of the actor in them.
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1:12PM on 09/01/2010
I'm a little surprised by the list. I thought some of the other actors would've been a bit higher (i.e. Depp and RDJ). However, didn't see Hathaway coming at all, so there's that.
I'm a little surprised by the list. I thought some of the other actors would've been a bit higher (i.e. Depp and RDJ). However, didn't see Hathaway coming at all, so there's that.
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1:00PM on 09/01/2010
I would like to have seen a better explanation of how Forbes came to these conclusions. Seems some of the actors on that list are WAY overpayed (overrated), then. How about the stars of Avatar, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington? That movie alone should have propelled them to the list, no?
I would like to have seen a better explanation of how Forbes came to these conclusions. Seems some of the actors on that list are WAY overpayed (overrated), then. How about the stars of Avatar, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington? That movie alone should have propelled them to the list, no?
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12:55PM on 09/01/2010
Ehhh . . . Kind of impartial. I wouldn't skip a movie just cause he's in it, nor would I go just to see him. He's a good actor. But he also comes off as a douche to me. He is what he is . . .
Ehhh . . . Kind of impartial. I wouldn't skip a movie just cause he's in it, nor would I go just to see him. He's a good actor. But he also comes off as a douche to me. He is what he is . . .
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12:38PM on 09/01/2010

I LIKE THE KID

Let's just hope he keeps his footing on this planet!! In other words, don't become the ego mania that young stars tend to be!!
Let's just hope he keeps his footing on this planet!! In other words, don't become the ego mania that young stars tend to be!!
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12:33PM on 09/01/2010
Another one at the top of the financial food chain. Watch it Shia, Mel Gibson is coming for you !
Another one at the top of the financial food chain. Watch it Shia, Mel Gibson is coming for you !
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12:31PM on 09/01/2010
This list is complete and utter nonsense. You could have replaced Shia with a new up and comer in Indy IV and Transformers, and they still would have made a massive box office return. I mean.. Radcliffe?? Nobody gives a shit about Daniel Radcliffe.. they're seeing Harry Potter.
This list is complete and utter nonsense. You could have replaced Shia with a new up and comer in Indy IV and Transformers, and they still would have made a massive box office return. I mean.. Radcliffe?? Nobody gives a shit about Daniel Radcliffe.. they're seeing Harry Potter.
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1:33PM on 09/01/2010
Well said.
Well said.
12:21PM on 09/01/2010
Downey Jr. is going to top this list in the next couple of years with Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 2, and The Avengers.
Downey Jr. is going to top this list in the next couple of years with Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 2, and The Avengers.
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1:57PM on 09/01/2010
i think he's gonna be getting big paychecks for those movies, so it wont help him move up this list. i mean, if he wanted, RDJ could just accept $1 for Iron Man 3 and immediately jump to the top of the list.
i think he's gonna be getting big paychecks for those movies, so it wont help him move up this list. i mean, if he wanted, RDJ could just accept $1 for Iron Man 3 and immediately jump to the top of the list.
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12:17PM on 09/01/2010
This guy gets a bad rap, but I think he's a perfectly fine actor. There aren't a whole lot of his films that have been absolutely terrible. I've been watching the kid grow into an actor since Even Stevens, so I'm glad he managed to make it big.
This guy gets a bad rap, but I think he's a perfectly fine actor. There aren't a whole lot of his films that have been absolutely terrible. I've been watching the kid grow into an actor since Even Stevens, so I'm glad he managed to make it big.
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12:10PM on 09/01/2010
I like Shia, I think he's a good actor. I think he does need to expand his range a bit, but I find him enjoyable in all of his movies.
I like Shia, I think he's a good actor. I think he does need to expand his range a bit, but I find him enjoyable in all of his movies.
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12:06PM on 09/01/2010
I have nothing against Shia. Compared to Worthington and Tatum, he's Olivier.
I have nothing against Shia. Compared to Worthington and Tatum, he's Olivier.
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12:00PM on 09/01/2010

Based on that....

I calculated his last big paycheck based on those numbers and the returns for "TF2". At $81, it means he received a sum of just over $10 million for the movie. So he's already making huge money for those flicks.

Give or take a few numbers obviously but that's a ball-park figure.
I calculated his last big paycheck based on those numbers and the returns for "TF2". At $81, it means he received a sum of just over $10 million for the movie. So he's already making huge money for those flicks.

Give or take a few numbers obviously but that's a ball-park figure.
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11:58AM on 09/01/2010
Well look at the movies and franchises he has been given. I wouldn't doubt if Downey Jr tops him next year.
Well look at the movies and franchises he has been given. I wouldn't doubt if Downey Jr tops him next year.
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11:53AM on 09/01/2010
"He'll likely start billing more for her services after this"

Bwahaha! Best typo ever!
"He'll likely start billing more for her services after this"

Bwahaha! Best typo ever!
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11:52AM on 09/01/2010

Hold on now

How the hell did Nic Cage crack the top 10? I'd have figured with all his flopish movies of late and his tax problems he'd have been asking for top dollar.

Heh, i wonder where Jake Gyllenhal places on this list, poor guy.
How the hell did Nic Cage crack the top 10? I'd have figured with all his flopish movies of late and his tax problems he'd have been asking for top dollar.

Heh, i wonder where Jake Gyllenhal places on this list, poor guy.
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11:50AM on 09/01/2010
Go away Shia. You are an insult to men everywhere.
Go away Shia. You are an insult to men everywhere.
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11:37AM on 09/01/2010
This is not that surprising like you mentioned above because of Transformers, Indy 4, and Disturbia(great movie BTW). Shia was great in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints. Wish he would do more indie movies and nock Blockbuster after Blockbuster.

The most surprising is Nic Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Aniston. Everyone else makes sense.
This is not that surprising like you mentioned above because of Transformers, Indy 4, and Disturbia(great movie BTW). Shia was great in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints. Wish he would do more indie movies and nock Blockbuster after Blockbuster.

The most surprising is Nic Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Aniston. Everyone else makes sense.
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11:37AM on 09/01/2010

Shia

There hasnt been anything that hes been horrible in. He's young and he has it in him to grow as an actor
There hasnt been anything that hes been horrible in. He's young and he has it in him to grow as an actor
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