20 August 2012 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This Weekend’s Winners: With an estimated $28.7 million from just over 3,300 theaters, The Expendables 2 was number one with a bullet. (Or rather, thousands and thousands of bullets.) Also catching eyes: Sony’s Sparkle; Whitney Houston’s final film, opened to $12 million in 2,224 theaters. At a production cost of just $14 million, Sparkle is no Think Like A Man, but at least it is well on its way to profit. This Weekend’s Losers: ParaNorman (No. 3 with $14 million in just over 3,400 theaters) was a decidedly weak sophomore effort from Pixar wannabe Laika Entertainment, the animation company established by Nike founder Phil Knight and his scion, Travis: Despite showing in half as many theaters, the company’s 2009 debut Coraline still made $3 million more than ParaNorman.How It All Went Down: Even as last weekend approached, a new survey found that almost a fifth of moviegoers were still reluctant to »

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