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"

Jumping the Broom

Bishop T.D. Jakes brought in a new era for Black films, post-Tyler Perry, when his 2011 romantic comedy Jumping the Broom opened with $15.2 million in ticket sales based solely on strong word-of-mouth and viral marketing. Bishop Jakes, who produced the faith-based film, utilized his pulpit and his A-list connections to spread the gospel about the film and helped propel it past the weekend's other wedding movie, Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed.

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