19 August 2012 10:04 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Robert Pattinson and the late Whitney Houston were among the bright spots in a sluggish late-summer box office. The Sylvester Stallone-led The Expendables 2 led all films with an estimated Friday-Sunday take of $28.8 million. Cosmopolis, Pattinson's venture with cult director David Cronenberg, came away the weekend's biggest per-screen average, while Houston's Sparkle looked solid with a $12 million debut.  The R-rated Cosmopolis grossed about $72,000 at three theaters. The performance was Pattinson's best yet on the art-house circuit, and a big upgrade over last spring's Bel Ami. Sparkle, meanwhile, bowed in fifth place in the standings, but sported the Top 10's best »

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