Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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"
  • Viola Davis, "The Help"
  • Trey Songz, "Texas Chainsaw 3D"

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

By 2009, there was no doubt that Tyler Perry was a rising star in Hollywood, but when Madea Goes to Jail came out at the top of the box office, he officially became a force to be reckoned with. Pulling in nearly $42 million on a typically slow Academy Awards weekend, it easily became his highest-grossing film ever and made Perry one of the most bankable directors in the business.

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