Australian, Naomi Watts has been named by Forbes as the number 1 actress bringing the best return. For every she was paid, Watts managed to bring in . Other actresses to perform well were Jennifer Connelly ( / ) , Rachel McAdams ( / ) , Natalie Portman ( / ) and Meryl Streep who brought in for every she was paid.
The next five to complete the top ten list are Jennifer Aniston ($26 /$1), Halle Berry ($23/ $1), Cate Blanchett ($23 / $1) Anne Hathaway ($23 /$1) and finally Hilary Swank who brought also brought in $23 for every $1.
Notice that Angelina Jolie doesn’t feature in the list at all. So I guess just because you have a major name in a movie, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to make as much as the box office. Why pay Jolie $10m+ when you can pay Watts or any of the other actresses above half as much and get a better bang for ya buck? After seeing this list, I don’t expect to see Watts out of work much in the near future!
Head over to Forbes for more details on each actress and how they’ve made the studios their money…..