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The Charts

'Towers'above

Marking the arrival of fall, the DVD chart is full of notable, and long-awaited, videos. Not surprisingly, ''The Two Towers'' -- the second installment in the ''Lord of the Rings'' trilogy -- was the top debut (hunger for all things ''Rings'' even brought ''Fellowship'' back onto the sales chart). Tracking closely behind was another tale of a fraternity ready to do battle in the name of happiness: ''National Lampoon's Animal House'', which celebrated its 25th with a special-edition disc. And ''Simpsons'' fans, or those who missed the early days of prime time's longest-running sitcom, were out grabbing copies of season 3. After all, some of us are a little tired of reruns and reality TV.

TOP 10 DVD SALES

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

1 -- THE TWO TOWERS (WIDE-SCREEN) $339.8 1 A- 2 -- ANIMAL HOUSE: DOUBLE SECRET... (WIDE) $141.6 1 B+ 3 1 CHICAGO (WIDE-SCREEN) $170.7 2 A 4 -- THE TWO TOWERS (FULL-SCREEN) $339.8 1 A- 5 -- STITCH! THE MOVIE -- 1 -- 6 -- THE SIMPSONS: COMPLETE THIRD SEASON -- 1 A 7 -- FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: PLATINUM (WIDE) $313.4 13 A 8 3 BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE $21.6 2 A 9 5 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE (WIDE-SCREEN) $132.6 4 D 10 2 CHICAGO (FULL-SCREEN) $170.7 2 A

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS

VIDEO BOX OFFICE WEEKS EW GROSS GROSS ON VIDEO TO DATE* TO DATE* CHART GRADE

LAST WEEK

1 -- THE TWO TOWERS $4.6 $339.8 1 A- 2 1 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE $13.7 $132.6 4 D 3 4 CHICAGO $3.8 $170.7 2 A 4 3 THE HUNTED $5.6 $34.2 3 C+ 5 2 HEAD OF STATE $5.8 $37.8 3 C- 6 6 THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE $4.1 $42.7 3 B 7 5 CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE $4.4 $34.6 3 C- 8 7 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $21.2 $105.8 9 B 9 -- STITCH! THE MOVIE $1.0 -- 1 -- 10 10 PHONE BOOTH $16.4 $46.6 8 C

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUG. 31, 2003; NIELSEN EDI *IN MILLIONS

COMING UP

DADDY DAY CARE (Columbia TriStar, PG) It's Eddie Murphy in full-on family-flick mode, taking care of a belligerent brood of other people's kids.

THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (Fox, R) John Malkovich's directorial debut follows an idealistic police officer (Javier Bardem) trying to catch a guerrilla rebel leader and break apart a terrorist faction.

HOLES (Disney, PG) In his first major theatrical role, ''Project Greenlight'' survivor Shia LaBeouf stars as a shovel-happy tween plagued by a family curse.

A MIGHTY WIND (Warner, PG-13) You'll want a front-row seat when Christopher Guest reunites with his familiar ensemble, including Eugene Levy and Parker Posey, for a comic mockumentary on '60s folk music.

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