Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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"
  • Rush Hour
  • Eminem, "8 Mile"
  • Paula Patton, "Jumping the Broom"
  • Eddie Murphy, "Beverly Hills Cop"
  • Whitney Houston, Waiting to Exhale

A Haunted House

Tween vampire dramas and Michael Bay's special effects extravaganzas may be sure bets at the box office, but once in a while a film comes along that confounds analysts and studio heads.

Our list of box office surprises starts with A Haunted House, Marlon Wayans' parody homage to "found footage" horror films. The independently financed comedy scored an $18.8 million opening weekend earlier this month, knocking prestige piece Gangster Squad to third place.

(Photo: Wayans Brothers Entertainment)

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