Stone, who appears in the Amazing Spider-Man films, was named best value actor in the world, with a return of $80 per $1 invested in her. Kunis, who has appeared in blockbusters Ted and Oz the Great and Powerful in the past two years, was second with $68.70 per $1 paid, while Hunger Games star Lawrence was just behind with a return of $68.60 per $1.
All in all the top four "best value" stars were all female, furthermore, with Natalie Portman, who starred in blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, also squeezing in ahead of the men. The top male star was Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, in fifth spot with $31 return for every $1 he was paid.
The triumphant return of younger, female stars comes despite the fact that older male actors are overwhelmingly the best paid in Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr ($75m), Channing Tatum ($60m) and Hugh Jackman ($55m) are the current highest-earning Hollywood stars. According to Forbes the best-paid female star, Angelina Jolie ($33m) would only make 10th place on a combined list of male and female actors.
Separately, Lawrence was yesterday named the Associated Press's entertainer of the year ahead of singer Miley Cyrus and streaming site Netflix. AP polls 70 top US editors and news directors for its annual award. As well as the $765m global box office success of Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, the 23-year-old actor won her debut best actress Oscar for the comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook in 2013.
Forbes' top 10 best value stars
1. Emma Stone ($80.70 per $1)
2. Mila Kunis ($68.70 per $1)
3. Jennifer Lawrence ($68.60 per $1)
4. Natalie Portman ($31.30 per $1)
5. The Rock ($31.10 per $1)
6. Daniel Craig ($25.60 per $1)
7. Russell Crowe ($25.60 per $1)
8. Kristen Stewart ($25 per $1)
9. Robert Pattinson ($23.50 per $1)
10. Taylor Lautner ($21.40 per $1)
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