Shia LaBeouf: Hollywood's Beefiest Bang for the Buck

[caption id="attachment_5119" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Paramount"]Shia LaBeouf in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"[/caption]

His first name is Hebrew for "gift from God," and Shia "The Beef" LaBeouf might be considered just that by Hollywood studio bigwigs.

For the second year in a row, the 24-year-old former Disney star beat out celebs like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. for the top spot on Forbes' list of actors who bring in the most bucks at the box office on a salary of just a few pennies.

Actually, make that millions.

For the first "Transformers" movie in 2007, LaBeouf received a paycheck of just under $5 million, while the film went on to make $708 million worldwide. Though he earned a bit more green for the 2009 sequel, he still doesn't command the megabucks of megastars like George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Reese Witherspoon, who all get upwards of $20 million per picture.

And that makes him a downright bargain. Forbes reports that the "Disturbia" star brings in $81 in profit for every dollar he's paid. But expect the "Wall Street" actor's stock to rise: The magazine adds that as LaBeouf's star ascends, so will his asking price, and that could mean a decline in his return on investment.

LeBeouf has already asked for more money to make the third "Transformers" flick, which will be filmed in 3-D and will likely earn major blockbuster bucks. But can "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" -- his follow-up project in which he plays an American who falls for a Hungarian woman already involved with a crime lord – bring in a Beouf-load of cash? Stay tuned.