While many may have been glued to their screens last night, watching the premiere of Twilight, it was business as usual for Mr. Pattinson. The British actor was at the office, working hard on the set of the highly anticipated film. And working hard he has – the actor attended several film shoots last night, greeting fans, posing for pictures and even delivering a passionate speech about the power of cinema to transform the world.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, we need to establish just how successful Twilight has been at the box-office, what its financial returns have been and whether or not it’s justified to refer to it as ‘the best film of the year’ (so far).

The biggest box-office hit of 2012 was released in January and has gone on to become one of the most successful films of all time. It’s already surpassed the lifetime earnings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and is on course to overtake the lifetime earnings of Avatar. Let that sink in for a moment.

The numbers don’t lie. Twilight has made over $400 million worldwide – that’s not adjusted for inflation. It’s become one of the most profitable films ever and certainly one of the biggest grossing films of all time, bar none.

So How Much Does He Actually Make?

We have the figures. According to a report from the British trade magazine Screen International, Robert Pattinson makes around £100,000 to £120,000 per week (approximately $150,000 to $180,000 per week). That’s a significant paycheck, for sure, but not as much as you’d think. Just consider this: according to Celebrity Net Worth, Robert Pattinson’s net worth is currently estimated at around $30 million. Meaning that, on average, his salary is less than one quarter of his net worth. So, while it’s certainly not a bad salary for a year’s work at least, Mr. Pattinson’s relatively low earnings don’t exactly scream ‘high-roller’.

To get a sense of how much money Mr. Pattinson has actually made so far, let’s look at his earnings from the four films he’s made since meeting his wife, Kristen Stewart. (We’re going to assume here that you’re not familiar with the term ‘whodunit’ and that you know exactly what it means.)

Robbie In ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’

The first installment of the Twilight franchise focused on Robert Pattinson’s character, Edward Cullen. It was released in December 2011 and made $400 million globally – that’s not adjusted for inflation. If you figure that $400 million is worth $400 million, then that gives us a sense of how much money Mr. Pattinson has actually made so far from Twilight. (By the way, $400 million is more than the lifetime earnings of most regular people.)

In ‘New Moon’, Mr. Pattinson plays the role of a 19th century British aristocrat whose life is turned upside down when a young woman named Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) crashes his wedding. As the film progresses, it becomes clear that Edward’s intentions were somewhat honorable, despite his cold exterior. The two form a close bond and, eventually, Edward proposes to Bella, much to the dismay of some of the guests – who are still suspicious of the pair’s true motives. (It’s worth pointing out that this was one of the best romantic films of the year. If you ask us, it’s one of the best romantic comedies of all time as well.)

Let’s be honest here – nobody saw ‘New Moon’ coming. Even now, when we think about the film and its leading man, we’re immediately reminded of the trailer for ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, which debuted almost a year ago. And what was the most memorable thing about that trailer? Mr. Pattinson’s incredible blue eyes, peering out from under a bushy brown eyebrow.

Making A Killing On The Green Screen

For the second installment of the Twilight saga, ‘Eclipse’, Mr. Pattinson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He plays the role of a 300-year-old vampire named Christoph, who has traveled the world and settled in England, where he maintains his own vampire coven. One of the members of the coven is a human named Bella (Stewart). When she meets the striking and gentlemanly looking Christoph, she’s instantly captivated. And it’s not long before she’s revealed herself to be a blood-thirsty vampire in need of a human ‘meal’. (For fans of ‘The Vampire Diaries’, this should come as no surprise. It’s the spiritual successor to that series, and it’s practically inevitable that some familiar faces would show up.)

It was around this time that Mr. Pattinson started making a bit more than he’s used to. After ‘Eclipse’, he landed a role in the action-adventure film, ‘Robin Hood’ – although, in typical action-hero fashion, he doesn’t acknowledge this character as being in any way related to the Twilight saga. (Incidentally, the character that he plays in ‘Robin Hood’ is rumored to be more than 500 years old. Talk about living the dream.)

Saving Mr. Pattinson In ‘The Hobbit’

The third installment of the Twilight saga is the most recent film. It was released in December 2012 and went on to become one of the biggest international hits of the year. (It’s also the highest-grossing film of the trilogy so far, having made more than $400 million worldwide.)

The story focuses on the adventures of a Hobbit (played by Martin Freeman) who travels to the Lonely Mountain, where he must face off against Smaug, the fearsome dragon who guards the mountain’s treasure. Along the way, the Hobbit meets up with a group of Dwarves (played by Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and, in a cameo appearance, the comedian John Cleese) who help him negotiate with Smaug. (If you’d like to read more, it was published in book form last year. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is available in hardcover and Kindle versions.)

The Making Of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

This summer, we’ve got the theatrical release of the eagerly anticipated final installment of the Twilight saga. It will be the fifth film in the series and, in our humble opinion, is the best yet. Mr. Pattinson has repeatedly stated that this will be his last cinematic outing as Edward Cullen. In an interview with the Metro in August, he said, “I don’t want to do this forever. I don’t think anyone does, but especially not me.”

With ‘Breaking Dawn’, the actor expands his repertoire, playing a much more comedic role. In the interview above, he talks about how he prepared for the part and even shares some amusing anecdotes about filming. While the majority of the interview has a comedic tone, Mr. Pattinson also shares some interesting insights into the making of the film. For example, he reveals that he had to learn how to play the guitar, as the script required him to do so and he’d never done so. (He even gives a few tips on how to play the guitar. Who knows? Maybe one day he’ll even let you hang out with him and his guitar. We can dream, right?)

Now that we’ve reviewed his earnings from the four films so far, let’s take a quick look back at how much money Mr. Pattinson has made overall. (And how much money he has yet to make.)

Summing It All Up

So, how much money has Robert Pattinson made so far? Let’s begin by adding up the earnings from the four films above. (For the sake of simplicity, we’re only going to include earnings from feature films. It’s more lucrative to be a movie star than it is to be, say, a rock star. At least in terms of money-making potential.)

The earnings from the four films above come to a grand total of $1,024,625. (Not adjusted for inflation. That’s just under $1 million.) And that doesn’t include what he’ll earn from the upcoming fifth film in the Twilight series (‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′) which is currently in production. (He’ll reportedly earn between $100,000 and $120,000 per week. Once again, not adjusted for inflation.)