Published On: Mon, Dec 12th, 2016

Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson Make Forbes’ Top Ten Most Bankable Stars

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Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson came in at number four and number three repetitively on the Forbes list of Hollywood’s Best Actors for the Buck 2016.

Chris Evans came in at number one.

It is little surprise that so many actresses made the list after so few had the dubious honor of making Forbes’ top ten least bankable stars. Women are not paid nearly as much as their male co-stars. The studios justify this by saying that they do not bring in as much at the box office.

In determining the list, Forbes looked at the last three live action movies which each actor starred in before June 2016. Then they deducted their budgets from their global gross and checked the ratio of the money paid to each actor to the average net take of each movie.

This is far from a perfect system, however, since much of a movie’s gross is paid out to people who worked on the films before the studio pockets its cut. It also does not consider however much of the gross these actors received themselves in addition to their base salaries.

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Mila Kunis was found to give a $49.50 return on investment for every dollar which she was paid in salary for her movies. She was clearly helped by this past summer’s hit comedy “Bad Moms” which grossed almost $180 million around the world on a budget of only $20 million total.

Scarlett Johansson returned $88.60 for every dollar which she was paid. But in her case this is a really exaggerated estimate because two of her last three movies included “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War” which earned $1.4 billion and $1.15 billion worldwide receptively. And Johansson clearly earned a lot less than her co-stars in those movies like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.

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