Top Actors Who Show Hollywood the Money

Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart lead the way

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 27, 2012 12:58 PM CST

(Newser) – If you are looking for actors who can earn their keep, black swans, vampires, and giant robots are the way to go. Or so says Forbes, in a look at the salaries of 100 top celebs vs. their box office worth, choosing their last three movies over the last three years. Leading the way is one Natalie Portman, with Black Swan, No Strings Attached, and Your Highness. A look at the A-listers with the accounting department:

The top earners:

  • Natalie Portman, bringing in $42.70 for each dollar she's paid.
  • Kristen Stewart, $40.60
  • Shia LaBeouf, $35.80
  • Robert Pattinson, $31.70
  • Daniel Radcliffe, $30.50
You can check out the full list at Forbes, which includes yet another Twilight star. Or, if you're feeling snippier, check out Hollywood's most overpaid celebrities.

Natalie Portman arriving before the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Portman topped this year's Forbes list of best actors for the buck.
Natalie Portman arriving before the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Portman topped this year's Forbes list of best actors for the buck.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of On The Road at the SVA Theater on Thursday Dec. 13, 2012 in New York. Stewart came in second on this year's Forbes list of the most bankable stars for the buck.
Actress Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of "On The Road" at the SVA Theater on Thursday Dec. 13, 2012 in New York. Stewart came in second on this year's Forbes list of the most bankable stars for...   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
British actor Robert Pattinson poses during a photo call for the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2  in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Pattinson came in fourth on this year's Forbes list of the most bankable stars for the buck.
British actor Robert Pattinson poses during a photo call for the film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2" in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Pattinson came in fourth on this year's Forbes...   (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)
This June 28, 2011 file photo shows actor Shia LaBeouf attending the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere in Times Square in New York. LaBeouf came in third on this year's Forbes list of the most bankable stars for the buck.
This June 28, 2011 file photo shows actor Shia LaBeouf attending the "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" premiere in Times Square in New York. LaBeouf came in third on this year's Forbes list of the most...   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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