Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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"
  • Viola Davis, "The Help"
  • Trey Songz, "Texas Chainsaw 3D"
  • Morgan Freeman, "March of the Penguins"
  • Kevin Hart, "Laugh at My Pain"

Rush Hour

The 1990s wasn't the most diverse era for mainstream Hollywood cinema, but Rush Hour shattered the illusion that a live action comedy needed Mel Gibson to cross $100 million at the box office. The Brett Ratner-directed film, starring then-newcomer Chris Tucker and Hong Kong legend Jackie Chan, defied conventional casting wisdom and grossed over $220 million worldwide, spawning two sequels.

(Photo: New Line Cinema)

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