These releases found success amid the post-holiday
By Kate Erbland
Special to MSN Movies
The month of January has long been considered a dumping ground for films, a
frozen tundra of cinematic waste, the perfect month to jettison films that
couldn't quite hack it during the blockbuster-filled summer months or the
end-of-the-year crowd of films vying for Oscar (and other awards) attention.
That dumping-ground mentality also means that January has typically been home to
a hodgepodge of flicks -- cheapo horror films and flimsy romantic comedies and
the odd action outing -- and while that means that there are yards and yards of
forgettable film unspooling during the coldest month of the year, it also means
that the occasional megahit could just so happen to lurk among their ranks.
The following 10 films are not the top 10 highest-earning January releases of
all time (though it's close), but they're some of the most unexpectedly
successful January openers ever. A mix of the memorable ("Taken"), the forgettable ("The Hand That Rocks the Cradle") and the just plain
terrible ("The Devil Inside"), these January films might not be the best
that each year had to offer, but they were certainly good enough to get
moviegoers to venture outside for fresh entertainment.
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