Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • Viola Davis, "The Help"
  • Trey Songz, "Texas Chainsaw 3D"
  • Morgan Freeman, "March of the Penguins"
  • Kevin Hart, "Laugh at My Pain"
  • Tyler Perry, "Madea Goes to Jail"
  • Michael Moore, "Fahrenheit 9/11"
  • Rush Hour
  • Eminem, "8 Mile"
  • Paula Patton, "Jumping the Broom"
  • Eddie Murphy, "Beverly Hills Cop"
  • Whitney Houston, Waiting to Exhale
  • Marlon Wayans, "A Haunted House"
  • Kevin Hart, "Think Like a Man"

March of the Penguins

A feature-length documentary about the breeding cycles of penguins, the box office smash hit of the year? That's what happened in 2005, when Warner Bros. took a chance on the French documentary March of the Penguins. Producers credit adding Morgan Freeman to narrate the epic nature film with pushing them past $100 million at the box office.

(Photo: National Geographic Society)

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