Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises
Laugh at My Pain
One man's pain is another man's surprise comedy hit. Kevin Hart's 2011 independently financed concert film-slash-documentary made Hollywood insiders and fans stand up and take notice when it grossed $8 million at the box office, with no major marketing or distribution deal to boost it. Good old-fashioned word-of-mouth made Hart an A-list star more in demand than nearly any other comedian working today.