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The Charts

'Gang' Busters

Looks like there's a little warfare on the charts this week. Martin Scorsese's heavy, Oscar-nominated Gangs of New York -- starring Leonardo DiCaprio -- battled the light Kate Hudson -- Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and won the DVD honors, but the blond bombshells had the last laugh on VHS. And in another interesting twist, the critically castigated ''reality movie'' The Real Cancun debuted at a surprising No. 7 on disc, but came in 29th on tape. Obviously some were looking for the bonus titillation -- and crystal clear freeze-framing -- that only DVD can offer.

TOP 10 DVD SALES BOX OFFICE WEEKS EW GROSS ON VIDEO TO DATE* CHART GRADE LAST WEEK

1 -- GANGS OF NEW YORK $77.7 1 B 2 -- HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (WIDE) $105.8 1 B 3 1 OLD SCHOOL (WIDE-SCREEN) $74.7 4 B 4 4 TEARS OF THE SUN $43.4 4 C 5 -- THE TERMINATOR: SPECIAL EDITION $38.3 1 B+ 6 6 JUST MARRIED $56.1 3 B 7 -- THE REAL CANCUN $3.8 1 B- 8 2 DARK BLUE $9.3 2 C+ 9 7 DIE ANOTHER DAY (WIDE-SCREEN) $160.9 5 B+ 10 15 TERMINATOR 2: EXTREME DVD $204.8 5 C+

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS VIDEO BOX OFFICE WEEKS EW GROSS GROSS ON VIDEO TO DATE TO DATE CHART GRADE LAST WEEK

1 -- HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $4.9 $105.8 1 B 2 -- GANGS OF NEW YORK $3.9 $77.7 1 B 3 1 JUST MARRIED $9.7 $56.1 3 B 4 2 KANGAROO JACK $5.3 $66.7 2 D+ 5 5 TEARS OF THE SUN $8.9 $43.4 4 C 6 4 DARK BLUE $3.6 $9.3 2 C+ 7 3 OLD SCHOOL $10.0 $74.7 4 B 8 8 THE RECRUIT $13.7 $52.8 6 C 9 9 ABOUT SCHMIDT $10.0 $65.0 5 A 10 6 THE HOURS $2.6 $41.6 2 A

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 6, 2003; NIELSEN EDI *BOX OFFICE GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

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COMING UP

THE CORNER (HBO, unrated) In the Emmy-winning miniseries, director Charles Dutton explores Baltimore's notoriously drug-infested Fayette Street and the people trying to survive in a neighborhood under siege.

DAREDEVIL (Fox, PG-13) It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...Ben Affleck, a fearless blind superhero who toils as a lawyer by day and dons a red-leather vigilante suit to beat up punks by night.

PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE (Disney, G) Pooh and the animated gang learn a valuable lesson: Even little ones -- pink or otherwise -- can do big things.

THE QUIET AMERICAN (Miramax, R) Michael Caine stars as an English foreign correspondent covering Vietnam whose life drastically changes after he befriends a taciturn Yank (Brendan Fraser).

SPIDER (Columbia TriStar, R) David Cronenberg's thriller follows a schizophrenic man (Ralph Fiennes) through his haunting childhood memories.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints