Many happy returns to you

Angelina Jolie may have Brad Pitt, but Jennifer Aniston has a small measure of revenge – statistically speaking.

Aniston, in fifth place, tops Jolie at No. 6 in the inaugural Forbes.com payback list, which ranks actors based on the box-office returns they offer studios for their megabucks salaries.

The ex-Mrs. Pitt brings in $17 for every dollar of her average $14 million paycheck, while Jolie, his current squeeze, produces $15 for every buck of her typical $20 million.

Forbes worked out the rankings by comparing actors’ paychecks to the gross studio profits from their last three lead roles.

Matt Damon took the top spot, with the whopping $850 million gross of his first two “Bourne” films helping to give him a $29 return on each dollar of his $26 million paycheck.

Pitt was second, at $24, followed by Vince Vaughn and Johnny Depp at $21 each.

With his new movie “The Bourne Ultimatum” breaking August records with a $70.2 million opening, it doesn’t look like Damon will be toppled from his throne anytime soon.

“If I were his agent, I’d be on the phone right now,” laughs Forbes editor Leah Goldman.

De-spousing a theory

Marc Anthony says he was prepared for the worst when working with his wife, Jennifer Lopez, on their new film, “El Cantante.”

“Oh, I got calls,” he says. “Just friends, you know, giving me the heads-up about working with your partner.

“I thought it was going to be World War III, when, in fact, it was Club Med.”

Next they’re headed out on a concert tour together, starting Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., and wrapping up Nov. 2 in Miami.

Sweet smell of excess

Soccer star David Beckham and his Spice Girl wife, Victoria, now have their own his-and-hers fragrances: Intimately Beckham.

“Why is this different from any other celebrity fragrance? The fact that (I) have spent a lot of time checking all the details,” Posh Spice tells Women’s Wear Daily.

“We are not just saying, ‘We are celebrities, put our name on it.’ “

The scents will sell for $25 to $55.

Another pop quiz

A lawyer for comedian Chris Rock says a court-ordered DNA test proves he is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue him for support.

But Kali Bowyer says she plans to ask the judge to order a new test to make sure.

Two and a half kids?

Charlie Sheen claims ex-wife Denise Richards wants him to father a third child.

“There was a request for a (sperm) donation,” Sheen told syndicated TV show “Entertainment Tonight.”

Asked if he’d consider it, he replied: “I would sooner, in exactly what I’m wearing, walk on the surface of the moon. Does that answer it?”

Richards, meanwhile, denies the report.

The birthday bunch

Actor Clarence Gilyard (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) is 51. Actress Stephanie Hodge (“Unhappily Ever After”) is 50. Actor Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”) is 42. Actor Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 40. Singer Ricky Martin is 35. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 32.

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