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

The Help

2011's little film that could turned out to be the year's biggest breakout hit, crossing $100 million at the box office and sweeping awards season. Octavia Spencer even earned her first-ever nomination — and win! — for her part as sassy maid Minnie in the Civil Rights-era film.

(Photo: DreamWorks)

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