Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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
  • Marlon Wayans, "A Haunted House"

Texas Chainsaw 3D

As Oscar contenders attempted to claw their way to the top of the box office in early January, this slasher thriller stole their thunder with a $23 million opening, thanks in huge part to Trey Songz. Exit polling at theaters showed that audiences came out in droves to the see the sexy singer in his first big screen role.

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