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Taken's Liam Neeson in Forbes 'Most Overpaid' actors list - but who's number one?

It seems movie goers aren't quite as 'Taken' with Liam Neeson movies as we thought.

Forbes have compiled a list of the 'most overpaid actors' and our very own Ballymena-born actor has made the list taking fourth place.

The list shows the average return on each dollar Hollywood's leading men earned.

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The time period for the calculation was between July 2014 and June 2015.

To compile the list Forbes looked at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2015, apart from animated films, movies where the actor appeared in an insignificant role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens.

They then deducted the estimated production budget from the global box office for each film according to Box Office Mojo to come up with a limited definition of each movie’s operating income.

Forbes then took the total operating income from the star’s three most recent significant films then divided by the star’s estimated pay for those films to come up with a final return on investment number.

Taking the top spot was Johnny Depp who according to Forbes saw a return of just $1.20 for every $1 he was paid for his recent movies.

The star has had huge success in the box office in the past, notably with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, however his recent roles in Transcendence, Mortdecai and The Lone Ranger haven't created such impressive returns.

However the 52-year-old has two promising sequels coming out with Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016) and another Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) which Forbes say should boost his ratios.

It put him just ahead of second-ranked Denzel Washington who returned $6.50 for every $1 he made from recent films.

Meanwhile Will Ferrell took the third place who returns $6.80 for every $1.

Ferrell's performance in Warner Bros.’ Get Hard was unable to lift the returns of Anchorman 2 and The Campaign.

Taking the fourth spot was Liam Neeson who according to Forbes returns $7.80 for every $1.

Despite the success of Taken 3, Neeson’s averages were brought down by Warner Bros.’ Run All Night, which grossed $71.6 million on a $50 million budget.

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