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Hollywood star Damon 'best value'
Matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum
Damon plays a former CIA hitman in the Bourne series
Film star Matt Damon gives the best box office returns for his Hollywood salary, according to a survey.

The Bourne Supremacy actor offers twice the value of Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks, making $29 (14.28) for each dollar he is paid, Forbes magazine suggests.

Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston was the highest-ranked actress on the list at number five.

Damon's role in the first two Bourne films have made $850m (418.2m), with the third now top of the US box office.

Pitt came second on the list, making $24 (11.83) for each dollar of his salary, while Vince Vaughn was third, tying with Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp.

Reese Witherspoon
1 Matt Damon
2 Brad Pitt
3 Vince Vaughn
= Johnny Depp
5 Jennifer Aniston
6 Angelina Jolie
7 Renee Zellwegger
8 Reese Witherspoon (pictured)
9 Ben Stiller
10 Sandra Bullock
Source: Forbes magazine

Vaughn's starring roles in recent box office hits including The Break-Up and Wedding Crashers are considered responsible for his success.

Hanks, Cruise and Will Smith returned between $10-12 for each dollar in their pay packet.

Oscar winner Russell Crowe was at the bottom of the list of 21 actors, largely due to the poor box office performance of recent outings including A Good Year.

According to Forbes, of the $35m (17.2m) cost of the movie, one-third of that amount went on Crowe's salary.

Other female stars making the top 10 include Academy Award winners Angelina Jolie and Renee Zellwegger.

Big screen funnymen including Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey did not fare so well.

The magazine said: "US comedies don't translate as well as action flicks to foreign audiences."

The income from each actor's last three films was taken into account to obtain their "worth".

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