LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For the second straight year, “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf topped a Forbes.com list of Hollywood’s Best Actors for the Buck with women claiming five of the top 10 spots compared to zero last year.
Based on the financial news site’s own calculations, for every $1 the studios spent on LaBeouf, his films return about $81 of profit. Those movies included “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” ($836 million worldwide box office) and the fourth “Indiana Jones” film ($787 million).
Anne Hathaway took the No. 2 spot, earning the studios $64 off of her films for every dollar they spent for her to star in “Alice in Wonderland” ($1 billion global box office) and “Bride Wars,” among others.
Hathaway’s emergence bumped last year’s runner-up, “Wanted” actor James McAvoy, completely off the top 10 list.
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe was No. 3 this year, while “Iron Man’s” Robert Downey Jr. nabbed fourth. Both moved up a spot from last year.
Behind them, Cate Blanchett came in fifth and Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston were tied in sixth place.
Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker round out the top 10. The full list can be found at www.forbes.com.
Forbes.com looked at the top 36 earners in Hollywood, and each had to have starred in at least three movies in five years that opened in more than 500 theaters. Movies that opened after June 1 2010 were not counted, nor were animated films.
Editing by Bob Tourtellotte