Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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"
  • Morgan Freeman, "March of the Penguins"
  • Kevin Hart, "Laugh at My Pain"
  • Tyler Perry, "Madea Goes to Jail"

8 Mile

What seemed like a vanity project about the hard-knocks life of the world's most famous rapper turned into a tour-de-force that nearly became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. Eminem's semi-autobiographipical 8 Mile earned critical raves, an Oscar for Best Song and $242 million in ticket sales.

(Photo: Universal Pictures)

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