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'Expendables 2' beats out 'ParaNorman,' 'Sparkle,' 'Timothy Green'

'Expendables 2' beats out 'ParaNorman,' 'Sparkle,' 'Timothy Green'

"The Expendables 2" may have knocked out the competition at the box office this weekend, but it didn't pack as much of a punch as Hollywood was expecting. The sequel featuring a gang of muscular action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis opened with $28.8 million, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate. That was enough to handily beat the weekend's other debuts, including the 3-D animated "ParaNorman," which launched with a so-so $14 million. "Sparkle," the inexpensive musical that is Whitney Houston's last film, started off with a respectable $12 million, while the children's...

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