Strangest Holiday Weekend Movie Releases, Because Timing Is Everything

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Major holidays and their surrounding weekends are traditionally reserved for the biggest movies on the studio platter: those tracking high, packing colossal budgets, and armed with stars whose faces you can slap on a lunchbox. Memorial Day has given us Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. Christmas has offered a wealth of Best Picture contenders. And July 4 has handed us pretty much everything by Michael Bay... plus, of course, Independence Day.

However, not every film to earn such a coveted breed of release date has been fit for the gig. There have been some strange little pictures to contend with the guaranteed blockbusters that reign supreme over this terrain over the past few decades. Here's a celebration of the underdogs that tried their best, against all good judgment, at the calendar year's biggest release weekends.

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