Adam Sandler remains one of the most prolific stars in Hollywood following his five-year tenure in Saturday Night Live and countless movie projects where fans easily recognize him for his funny and endearing roles.
Despite the fame and charm, the Murder Mystery actor’s profitability has often been put in question. This criticism is usually directed towards Hollywood personalities earning hefty pay-checks but with movies ending up as box office flops.
Adam Sandler Hailed By Forbes As Most Overpaid Actor Twice In A Row
Over the years, Adam Sandler has been a staple cast for comedy films. However, after receiving a deal from Netflix, the 56-year-old star finally dipped his toes into drama projects that proved his versatility as an actor. Despite this endeavor, he remains on Forbes’ top list of overpaid celebrities.
His performance in Saturday Night Live is one of the most unforgettable moments on television. As a fan-favorite actor, his command and charm on the small screen amassed huge viewership. Unfortunately, he was fired from the show after half a decade of bringing laughter and entertainment.
Little did Sandler know that losing his job in SNL would open new doors for him. He starred in a string of movies that became box office material. By the start of the 2000s, his popularity started to decline, and his movies were not performing as they used to be. For two years in a row, 2013 and 2014, he was declared an overpaid actor by Forbes. Sandler was reportedly bringing in $3.2 for each dollar as compensation.
After the success of his 1999 comedy Big Daddy, Sandler received a movie deal from Sony, which earned him $20 million base pay per film. In 2014, he signed a contract with Netflix which saw his yearly income skyrocket to $40 million. In 2019, he ranked among the highest-paid actors after taking home $57 million.
Despite concerns about his bankability, Adam Sandler has a net worth of $440 million. Indeed, this came from his numerous and lucrative movie deals over the past decade.
Does Adam Sandler Deserve His Fortune?
Adam Sandler is perfectly aware of the critics’ scorn for his movies. Reviews play a huge part in a film’s success, but for the Jack and Jill star, he knows where to pour his energy (via The Independent):
“I know what they’re writing about me. I could almost write the piece for them by now. But then remember that I didn’t get into movies to please the critics. I got into it to make people laugh and have fun with my friends.”
Like many celebrities, Sandler basks in his fortune like there’s no tomorrow. The actor splurges on luxuries and frequently spoils his friends by throwing parties every year. He also drives fancy cars, including a Dodger Challenger and a hybrid SUV, and more interestingly, owns one of the most expensive golf carts on the entire planet.
Many fans question his merit of receiving such a large fortune despite his movies becoming box office disasters. In recent years, Sandler has re-established his profitability after starring in the hit animated film Hotel Transylvania. His lucrative deal with Netflix also worked in his favor after his movies accumulated two billion hours of streaming.