Unexpected Blockbusters: The Biggest Box Office Surprises

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  • 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"
  • Michael Moore, "Fahrenheit 9/11"

Waiting to Exhale

Industry watchers never expected a romantic melodrama about Black women lamenting their relationships to steal first place from Oliver Stone's Nixon, but they were in for a surprise. The 1995 film, starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, proved that Black female audiences could carry a film to the top of the box office.

(Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Films)

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