The Charts

A Hero's Welcome

While Ben Affleck's charm may not have worked in Gigli, which tanked in theaters, his acute sensory superpowers certainly came through at the video store. The Daredevil leading man rode his comic-book pic to the top of both charts this week -- besting some other big-selling releases: The sci-fi romance Solaris -- featuring former Batman George Clooney -- settled for No. 2; and American Pie 2's special edition (Beneath the Crust, Vol. 2), timed to the release of the bawdy franchise's American Wedding, barely tempted viewers' taste buds at No. 5. Maybe Jason Biggs should don a cape and cowl for his next big video debut.

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

1 -- DAREDEVIL (WIDE-SCREEN) $102.5 1 C+ 2 -- SOLARIS $15.0 1 B 3 1 FINAL DESTINATION 2 $46.5 2 C- 4 2 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS $60.5 3 B- 5 -- AMERICAN PIE 2: BENEATH...(WIDE) $145.1 1 -- 6 -- PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE $23.1 1 B- 7 3 GANGS OF NEW YORK $77.7 5 B 8 5 BASIC $26.5 4 C- 9 6 PHONE BOOTH $46.6 4 C 10 8 OLD SCHOOL (WIDE-SCREEN) $74.7 8 B

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

1 -- DAREDEVIL $4.1 $102.5 1 C+ 2 1 FINAL DESTINATION 2 $6.1 $46.5 2 C- 3 2 PHONE BOOTH $11.9 $46.6 4 C 4 3 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $16.6 $105.8 5 B 5 -- SOLARIS $1.8 $15.0 1 B 6 4 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS $6.7 $60.5 3 B- 7 6 BASIC $9.4 $26.5 4 C- 8 5 THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE $3.2 $19.6 2 C 9 7 GANGS OF NEW YORK $12.4 $77.7 5 B 10 8 JUST MARRIED $16.1 $56.1 7 B

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUG 3, 2003; NIELSEN EDI *IN MILLIONS

COMING UP

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COMING UP

ALIAS SEASON 1 (Buena Vista, unrated) In case you missed out on all the Sunday-night action, now's your chance to find out exactly how Jennifer Garner got caught up in a tricky web of espionage and came out a kickin' starlet.

IDENTITY (Columbia TriStar, R) Featuring an intriguing cast -- including John Cusack and Ray Liotta -- James Mangold's psychological thriller follows 10 travelers seeking shelter from a storm at a motel with a killer in their midst.

A MAN APART (New Line, R) Vin Diesel stars as a DEA agent trying to take down the puissant drug cartel that murdered his wife in a gripping tale.

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