Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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
  • Marlon Wayans, "A Haunted House"
  • Kevin Hart, "Think Like a Man"
  • Viola Davis, "The Help"

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.

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