45 Unlikely Pop Culture Smash Successes

45 Unlikely Pop Culture Smash Successes

We all know that pop culture is a huge part of our lives. It can be a source of entertainment, information, and even education. When it comes to pop culture, there are few things as universally loved as movies. Whether it's a heart-wrenching drama or an action-packed thriller, movies can take us on a journey like no other form of entertainment can. 

People are often surprised when a movie, T.V. show, or album they loved and expected to be popular only becomes a modest success. It seems that the most likely pop culture smashes are those that no one saw coming. Those sleeper hits take everyone by surprise. Be it poor initial reception or general audiences inevitably turning on something popular-- You'd be surprised to find what pop culture properties were surprising successes. 

First is the 2005 indie film The Squid and the Whale. Starring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, the movie was mostly panned by critics but found an audience with art-house film fans. It made just $4 million at the box office on a $12 million budget. 

Here are some of the wildest, most eyebrow-raising examples.

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