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THE CHARTS

'SWEET' SUCCESS The South has risen again...on the video charts, anyway. Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon as a citified country gal looking to retreat from an old down-home marriage, took the top slot on the rental chart. The DVD front saw the chart debut of another Southern adventure: Road House, that 1989 guilty pleasure starring Patrick Swayze as a tai chi-practicing, philosophy-spouting bouncer. Y'all come back now, y'hear...

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS

LAST VIDEO BOX OFFICE WEEKS EW VIDEO WEEK GROSS TO GROSS TO ON GRADE DATE DATE CHART

1 -- SWEET HOME ALABAMA Reese Witherspoon $5.6 $127.1 1 C- 2 1 THE BOURNE IDENTITY Matt Damon $14.9 $121.7 3 B+ 3 2 THE BANGER SISTERS Susan Sarandon $6.5 $30.3 2 C- 4 3 SIGNS Mel Gibson $23.8 $228.0 5 B- 5 4 THE MASTER OF DISGUISE Dana Carvey $4.6 $40.4 2 D- 6 5 ABOUT A BOY Hugh Grant $8.5 $40.7 4 A- 7 10 SERVING SARA Matthew Perry $2.7 $17.0 2 D- 8 -- FORMULA 51 Samuel L. Jackson $1.4 $5.2 1 C 9 7 BARBERSHOP Ice Cube $17.4 $75.8 6 B+ 10 6 XXX Vin Diesel $18.9 $141.2 6 C-

TOP 10 DVD SALES

LAST GROSS TO WEEKS ON EW VIDEO WEEK DATE* CHART GRADE

1 -- SWEET HOME ALABAMA Reese Witherspoon $127.1 1 C- 2 1 THE BOURNE IDENTITY (WIDE-SCREEN) Matt Damon $121.7 3 B+ 3 2 THE BOURNE IDENTITY (FULL-SCREEN) Matt Damon $121.7 3 B+ 4 3 SIGNS (WIDE-SCREEN) Mel Gibson $228.0 5 B- 5 -- FORMULA 51 Samuel L. Jackson $5.2 1 C 6 -- ROAD HOUSE Patrick Swayze $30.1 1 -- 7 6 BARBERSHOP Ice Cube $75.8 6 B+ 8 5 THE BANGER SISTERS Susan Sarandon $30.3 2 C- 9 7 XXX (WIDE-SCREEN) Vin Diesel $141.2 6 C- 10 4 THE MASTER OF DISGUISE Dana Carvey $40.4 2 D-

SOURCEs: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEB. 9, 2003; NIELSEN EDI; EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO., INC. *BOX OFFICE GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints