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Hot Button – Forbes' List Is A Disaster

Why are journalists who know better talking about this idiotic Forbes value list as though it made sense?
And then I realize

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12 Responses to “Hot Button – Forbes' List Is A Disaster”

  1. Baudolino says:

    Yes! I knew dPo would find a way to destroy this list. Though – that’s why he’s a journalist and I’m not.
    Why does Jackman’s Scoop count? BO Mojo has it at only 541 theaters?
    Stiller: His total should be 567m, no? Poland error I think…(Typo, so irrelevant?)
    For 9 of the top 20, one movie accounts for over 65% of the total gross. Forbes doesn’t consider outliers? Or, doesn’t Forbes consider that, perhaps, if not for Denzel in Inside Man at 16, Foster wouldn’t get to 14?
    How does Jackman, at only 73.7m, even make the list? Surely he’s the weakest per theater? (Unless you count X3, which you should, since Scoop shouldn’t count.)
    If Ocean’s, as an ensemble, counts, why doesn’t Lucky Number Slevin, for Willis?
    Stupid, stupid list. (Hindsight.)
    I would LOVE to know why Fred Claus didn’t make the cut.

  2. Krazy Eyes says:

    I agree that this list is incredibly useless.
    If Naomi Watts makes this list, shouldn’t vitually every actor in King Kong makes the list as well. Hell, Jamie Bell should blow her away just with King Kong and Jumper alone.

  3. EthanG says:

    Totally agree…Vince Vaughn is number one after Fred Claus? That film was not a moneymaker…granted Four Christmases will be…but that’s mostly on Reese.
    And Will Smith not in the top 10 when Hancock is the highest grossing original screenplay (non-animated) since 2003? And he made a movie about a real man struggling to overcome poverty a $300 million worldwide hit…just about as big as Ocean’s Thirteen…and that’s counted equal for every member of its ensemble cast? Uh…

  4. DaveVanH says:

    Like many Christmas movies, Fred Claus hasn’t come out on DVD yet, which would my guess as to why it wasn’t counted, since they say they take that into consideration in their numbers.
    Still is an incredibly stupid list, though.

  5. JPK says:

    This is fun. Anyone can do it! I did a few that they missed…
    John C. Reilly
    Ultimate Payback: $7.66
    Movies Considered:
    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Aviator
    Kate Beckinsale
    Ultimate Payback: $7.20
    Movies Considered: Vacancy, Click, Underworld: Evolution

  6. Cadavra says:

    I remember back in late 1990, a columnist in The Hollywood Reporter observed that if people were paid strictly according to grosses, the highest-paid actor should be character actor Robert Costanzo, who appeared in three summer movies–DIE HARD II, DICK TRACY and TOTAL RECALL–that each grossed over $100 million (serious money in those days). I guess some things never change.

  7. David Poland says:

    Well Cad, that is the “Samuel L Jackson is the biggest grosser of all” argument… which I think SLJ evokes with a smirk on his face.
    Forbes couldn’t possibly be using DVD tallies, since they are not readily available in any detail… besides which, the math suggests otherwise.
    I can understand them not using 2008 films on the list… but Smith and Cruise still should rank higher by the standard they have so randomly created.
    And you are right about Stiller, Baud… and his 3-film salary jumps to $60m, which makes more sense… though it still doesn’t account for foreign, dvd, or points for stiller.

  8. Roman says:

    Idiotic list. But then Forbes power lists are stupid too.
    This, however, is something else entirely. Think about this list implies. It implies that the most important thing for an actor is to make a lot of money in proportion to the ammount he’s earning.
    Sadly it also implies that Paris Hilton is the biggest movie star based on

  9. Cadavra says:

    And what about Ian McKellen? All three RINGS movies, all three X-MEN movies and THE DA VINCI CODE in the span of about six years. How many billions IS that?

  10. Rob says:

    How about Anne Hathaway? She’s made smash after smash, and surely isn’t pulling in eight figures yet.

  11. Cadavra says:

    Right on, Rob. She’s starred in four $100 million grossers this decade. How many other actresses can make that claim?

  12. scooterzz says:

    a much better forbes list here:

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