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'Final' Frontier

It feels like the dog days of summer are truly upon us, at least judging by the dogs that made their chart premieres this week. It's no surprise that ''Final Destination 2'' -- in which pretty teens fall prey to Death's byzantine design...again -- was the top debut, since its only competition was ''The Life of David Gale,'' Kevin Spacey's courtroom/prison drama that was both critically savaged and ignored while in theaters. But there are signs of life on the DVD front: Martin Scorsese's ''Gangs of New York'' is actually climbing up the charts, a rare feat for any bloody, three-hour, semihistorical epic.

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

1 -- FINAL DESTINATION 2 $46.5 1 C- 2 1 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS $60.5 2 B- 3 5 GANGS OF NEW YORK $77.7 4 B 4 -- THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE (WIDE-SCREEN) $19.6 1 C 5 4 BASIC $26.5 3 C- 6 3 PHONE BOOTH $46.6 3 C 7 2 GODS AND GENERALS $12.9 2 D+ 8 7 OLD SCHOOL (WIDE-SCREEN) $74.7 7 B 9 8 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (WIDE) $105.8 4 B 10 6 FRIENDS: COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON -- 2 --

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

1 -- FINAL DESTINATION 2 $3.3 $46.5 1 C- 2 1 PHONE BOOTH $9.8 $46.6 3 C 3 2 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $14.5 $105.8 4 B 4 3 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS $5.2 $60.5 2 B- 5 -- THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE $2.0 $19.6 1 C 6 4 BASIC $7.6 $26.5 3 C- 7 5 GANGS OF NEW YORK $11.0 $77.7 4 B 8 6 JUST MARRIED $14.7 $56.1 6 B 9 7 KANGAROO JACK $9.9 $66.7 5 D+ 10 9 OLD SCHOOL $13.5 $74.7 7 B

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 27, 2003; NIELSEN EDI *IN MILLIONS

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BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (MGM, R) Michael Moore's Oscar-winning doc offers an eye-opening look -- through shocking footage and cogent interviews -- at America's fascination with guns and violence.

CHICAGO (Miramax, PG-13) Look at it this way, you could drag your keister all the way to NYC and see Melanie Griffith maul the Fosse spectacular or watch the Best Picture at home. Do the math.

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