I suppose we all have a screen icon that we look up to. For me, my screen icon is Robert Pattinson. I’ve always admired his work, and I think he’s one of the most underrated actors of our time. Let’s take a brief look at the facts and figures about this talented man.

The Facts

Robert Pattinson was born in London on December 4, 1978. At the age of 19, he moved to New York City to study acting. It was there that he was spotted by a paparazzi while filming an action movie. This resulted in him becoming the subject of international media attention. Since then, he has gone on to star in award-winning films including the Twilight Saga. For more information, check out these two articles from Mental Floss:

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How Do You Feel About Robert Pattinson’s Acting Career?

Now, it’s time to find out how you feel about Robert Pattinson’s acting career. The choices are:

  • I love his acting and look forward to his films.
  • I really like his acting, but I don’t see enough of it.
  • I don’t like his acting, but I respect his decision to pursue it.
  • I hate his acting, but I’m not going to say anything because he’s my favorite movie star.

The poll was created by Survey Monkey. For more information, click here.

The Figures

According to Celebrity Net Worth, as of January 2019, Robert Pattinson is worth $30-35 million. If we take into consideration his acting earnings, as well as his endorsements, royalties from songwriting, and the value of his personal collection of cars and art, then it’s fair to say that he’s one of the wealthiest actors currently. His estimated net worth makes him the 19th most wealthy celebrity under 40.

This brings us to the question of how much money he’s actually made. For that matter, let’s take a look at how much money someone with his net worth would have to earn in order to become a millionaire.

The answer is: not a lot. In fact, according to Celebrity Net Worth, it would take Robert Pattinson 17.5 years to earn enough money to become a millionaire. He would need to earn $13,333.33 per week, plus health insurance and other benefits. You might be wondering how much money he’s actually made at this point in his career. We don’t have that information, but we can look at how much money he’s sold over the years. Below is a chart from Celebrity Net Worth showing how much money Robert Pattinson has sold since his acting career began.

Sale Amount

The first thing to note is that the sales for his first two films—Role Models and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2—were not included in the chart above. These two films combined brought in just over $20 million, so it’s safe to say that his early career was rather unsuccessful. But, you might argue that these two films were very low-budget, indie films, which often have low returns. However, even the biggest blockbuster movies rarely break even. In 2019 alone, the top 500 movies worldwide will earn a combined total of $15.5 billion. That’s $3.51 per person.

Why Am I Still Waiting For My Millions?

So, why am I still waiting for my millions? First of all, I think it’s safe to assume that a large chunk of Robert Pattinson’s audience came from the Harry Potter movies. These films not only catapulted him to fame, but they also started a whole generation of fans that were more than happy to see their favorite magic professor marry a fashionista and have kids with her. But, even though his films made him famous, they didn’t necessarily make him rich. In fact, the opposite is probably true. But, perhaps that’s all the more reason for us to be patient. After all, money won’t fall from the sky and solve all of our problems. It takes some work to make money. It takes a lot of hard work.

Nevertheless, if you’re really a fan of Robert Pattinson and his work, then it’s worth it. Over the years, he has established himself as one of the most bankable and sought-after stars in Hollywood. He has managed to land high-profile projects, while still keeping the attention of fans with his more recent work in The Twilight Saga. In the end, isn’t that what we all want as fans? To see our favorite actor or actress land leading roles in some of the biggest movies. So, while we wait for our millions, we can still bask in the knowledge that our beloved actor has worked hard to get to this point in his career. And, who knows? Maybe, just maybe, he’ll land a role in one of our favorite films. Then, we’ll truly be able to celebrate.

Forbes has ranked the 50 highest paid actors and actresses in 2018. And, while some of the listed actors and actresses made a ton of money, others barely broke even (e.g., Robert Pattinson). While it’s always fun to see your favorite star’s income, it’s also important to keep in mind that some stars are more successful than others, which determines, to some extent, how much money they make. Do you think that Robert Pattinson deserves all of this success?

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