Hollywood's Most Profitable Actresses

Naomi Watts delivers big hits for relatively little pay
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 9:39 AM CDT
Actress Naomi Watts arrives on the occasion of the unveiling of the "Extreme Beauty in Vogue" exhibition, in downtown Milan, Italy, Monday, March 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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(Newser) – Straitened studio heads unwilling to give $10 million to divas and hope for a hit should call Naomi Watts' agent right now. The Australian star of Mulholland Drive and The Ring is the most bankable actress in Hollywood, Forbes calculates. Her films earned an average of $44 for every dollar she was paid. The magazine looked at the 100 highest-earning actresses in film and found that lower-paid performers, at least by Hollywood standards often give studios a better return on investment.

The remainder of Forbes' list of most profitable actresses:

  1. Jennifer Connelly, $41
  2. Rachel McAdams. $30
  3. Natalie Portman, $28
  4. Meryl Streep, $27
  5. Jennifer Aniston, $26
  6. Halle Berry, $23
  7. Cate Blanchett, $23
  8. Anne Hathaway, $23
  9. Hilary Swank, $23