It was Whitney Houston‘s final movie but “Sparkle” did not meet the studio’s expectations over the box office weekend.
The musical film, which also co-stars Jordin Sparks, grossed just $12 million over the weekend, according to estimates provided by the film’s distributor TriStar/Sony.
The film is expected to be No. 5 at the box office when the final figures for the weekend are released. It opened on 2,244 screens, grossing $4.5 million on Friday and $200,000 less on Saturday.
Houston’s previous theatrical release, 1996′s “The Preacher’s Wife,” pulled in $7.6 million in its opening weekend in December 1996. It would go on to gross $48 million.
“Waiting to Exhale,” the ensemble drama from 1995, made $14.2 million when it opened and 1992′s “The Bodyguard gross $16.6 million in its opening stanza. All of Houston’s previous films opened between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Expendables 2 took the #1 spot over the weekend, raking in over $28 million.