The higher they fly, the farther they fall, right?
According to their number crunching of Murphy's earned salary over his last three movies — "Imagine That," "A Thousand Words" and "Meet Dave" — versus those films' box office muster, the movies have only brought in around $2.30 for every $1 he earned. Those are some slim profit margins.
Forbes twisted the knife farther by making note of Murphy's dismal "Tower Heist" numbers from last year (a pithy $78 million earned domestically on a $75 million production budget) and his recusal of the 2012 Oscars hosting post as evidence of his fallen star status.
This isn't the first time Murphy's been fingered as an overearner by Forbes, either. Last year, he placed number two on the list for his slightly higher $1 to $2.70 ratio (but, to be fair, "Meet Dave" and "Imagine That" factored into last year's value slaying results as well).
We get the feeling none of these will be writing home to mom over this recognition. Could you imagine? "Hey, Ma! You were right! I am more trouble than I'm worth."