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Actors Make More Money Than You'd Expect On Low-Rated Films

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Celebrities who made lots of money on movies that got poor reviews. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) | Victoria Will/Invision/AP

Ever walked out of a movie theater and said, "I can't believe I just paid for that"? Of course you have. But you can't get a refund for not liking a film, and so you go on your way, griping about how you've spent your money on something so mediocre.

One might assume that if a film is "bad," its cast would suffer; poor pay for poor reviews, right?

Wrong. In fact, you wouldn't believe how much money actors have earned from films that made the critics grumble. Check out the salaries that actors have pulled in from low-rated films:

  • Adam Sandler: "Grown Ups"
    "Grown Ups" may have had an all-star cast, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock, but the critics did not love it. Sandler managed to walk away from the dud with a huge paycheck, though.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 10%
    Adam Sandler's Paycheck: $25 million
  • Cameron Diaz: "Bad Teacher"
    "Bad Teacher" wasn't exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but that's no matter for leading lady Cameron Diaz. She made a killing on the flick. Considering the fact that she netted more than twice the amount of the film's overall budget ($20 million), thanks to a generous backend agreement, we've got to wonder how much her equally famous co-stars Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel were paid.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 44%
    Diaz's Paycheck: $42 million
  • Jennifer Aniston: "Just Go With It"
    Aniston's rom-coms are frequently slammed by critics, but they certainly pay the bills. She and Adam Sandler starred in 2011's "Just Go With It" and it definitely didn't win any awards, but Aniston still walked away from the project with a hefty paycheck.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 19%
    Aniston's Paycheck: $10 million
  • Nicolas Cage: "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"
    According to the critics, this movie's plot was about as cheesy as its title, but Cage made plenty of money playing the part of a fiery motorcycle stuntman.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 17%
    Cage's Paycheck: $7.5 million
  • Kristen Stewart: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn"
    The critics didn't seem to have much love for Stewart's performance in the final two "Twilight" films, but she's laughing all the way to the bank. The two-part "Breaking Dawn" finale made Stewart a rich woman, indeed.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating ("Breaking Dawn Part 1"): 24%
    Stewart's Paycheck: $12.5 million

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating ("Breaking Dawn Part 2"): 48%
    Stewart's Paycheck: $12.5 million
  • Halle Berry: "Catwoman"
    The leather catsuit was a good pull, but it wasn't enough to turn critics into fans of this superhero flick. Lucky for Berry, it was enough to ensure that she made a healthy salary from the film.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 9%
    Berry's Salary: $14 million
  • Steve Carell: "Dinner for Schmucks"
    Carrell was certainly not a schmuck for accepting this role. Although the goofy film wasn't a hit with critics, it provided Carrell with a very nice paycheck.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 42%
    Carell's Paycheck: $12 million
  • Jennifer Lopez: "Monster-In-Law"
    You don't have to admit if you saw "Monster-In-Law" and loved it. Granted, the vast majority of critics weren't fans of the rom-com, but Lopez made out just fine.

    Rotten Tomatoes Fresh Rating: 16%
    Lopez's Salary: $15 million

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