Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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"
  • Tyler Perry, "Madea Goes to Jail"
  • Michael Moore, "Fahrenheit 9/11"

Beverly Hills Cop

Producers took a chance by passing up Sylvester Stallone and Mickey Rourke to cast Eddie Murphy, a hot young comic with scanty film credentials, in their action-comedy franchise, but the gamble paid off ... exponentially. This 1984 classic grossed $316 million worldwide (over a half-billion by today's dollars) and catapulted Murphy into the A-list.

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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