The Charts

'Cradle' Robbing

It seems the motto for DVD buffs this week was ''Jeez, I've gotta go back to school in, like, a week, so I'd better cram in all the mindless movies I can.'' And so the charts are a hodgepodge of films that, in a week with better competition, might not get near the top of the heap: the Jet Li-DMX martial-arts flick Cradle 2 the Grave, Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, and the psycho-killer-on-the-loose thriller The Hunted. Even Chris Rock and Hilary Duff, stars with built-in audiences, would have seen their films pale in the presence of a behemoth like, say, Chicago. Wait until next week for that song-and-dance smackdown.

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

1 -- CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE (WIDE-SCREEN) $34.6 1 C- 2 -- HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES $12.6 1 D- 3 -- THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE $42.7 1 B 4 -- THE HUNTED (WIDE-SCREEN) $34.2 1 C+ 5 -- HEAD OF STATE (WIDE-SCREEN) $37.8 1 C- 6 1 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE (WIDE-SCREEN) $132.6 2 D 7 2 DAREDEVIL (WIDE-SCREEN) $102.5 3 C+ 8 4 FINAL DESTINATION 2 $46.5 4 C- 9 7 GANGS OF NEW YORK $77.7 7 B 10 -- FUTURAMA: VOLUME TWO -- 1 --

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

1 1 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE $9.6 $132.6 2 D 2 -- THE HUNTED $2.9 $34.2 1 C+ 3 -- HEAD OF STATE $2.4 $37.8 1 C- 4 -- CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE $2.1 $34.6 1 C- 5 -- THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE $2.0 $42.7 1 B 6 3 WHAT A GIRL WANTS $4.0 $36.0 2 C 7 2 DAREDEVIL $8.3 $102.5 3 C+ 8 5 FINAL DESTINATION 2 $9.3 $46.5 4 C- 9 7 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $19.3 $105.8 7 B 10 -- HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES $1.2 $12.6 1 D-

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUG 17, 2003; NIELSEN EDI *IN MILLIONS

COMING UP

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (Miramax, R) George Clooney's directorial debut follows a young Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) as he both creates hit TV shows and does hits for the CIA.

THE CORE (Paramount, PG-13) It's the end of the world as we know it -- again -- and so Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank have to tunnel to the center of the earth to do something really heroic to save it.

MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE: SPECIAL EDITION (Universal, R) The discs may seem wafer thin, but the extras should be enough to curb even Mr. Creosote's enormous appetite.

SLEEPING BEAUTY SPECIAL EDITION (Disney, G) Now you can see every detail of Princess Aurora's beauty as Disney's animated classic makes its DVD debut.

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