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The Charts

Filling Up With Diesel

It was a tougher week than usual for Vin Diesel on the charts. Although the self-styled ''action hero of tomorrow'' had the big DVD debut with his revenge flick ''A Man Apart'', he couldn't seem to beat a few hobbits (from ''The Two Towers'') or a motel full of crazy people (from the John Cusack psycho-thriller ''Identity'') for the No. 1 slots. Diesel seems to have lost some heat since ''XXX'' took the sales and rentals crown earlier this year. Maybe he needs to take a page from Matthew McConaughey's romantic comedy ''How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'', which faced a similar challenge and proved its potential by clinging to the tape top 10 well after its competition fell out.

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

1 1 THE TWO TOWERS (WIDE-SCREEN) $339.8 2 A- 2 -- A MAN APART $26.2 1 C- 3 -- IDENTITY $52.0 1 B+ 4 2 ANIMAL HOUSE: DOUBLE SECRET... (WIDE) $141.6 2 B+ 5 5 STITCH! THE MOVIE -- 2 -- 6 3 CHICAGO (WIDE-SCREEN) $170.7 3 A 7 4 THE TWO TOWERS (FULL-SCREEN) $339.8 2 A- 8 6 THE SIMPSONS: COMPLETE THIRD SEASON -- 2 A 9 7 FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: PLATINUM (WIDE) $313.4 14 A 10 -- ANGEL: SEASON TWO -- 1 --

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

1 -- IDENTITY $2.7 $52.0 1 B+ 2 1 THE TWO TOWERS $6.7 $339.8 2 A- 3 -- A MAN APART $2.3 $26.2 1 C- 4 2 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE $15.0 $132.6 5 D 5 3 CHICAGO $4.8 $170.7 3 A 6 4 THE HUNTED $6.5 $34.2 4 C+ 7 5 HEAD OF STATE $6.9 $37.8 4 C- 8 9 STITCH! THE MOVIE $1.8 -- 2 -- 9 8 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $21.9 $105.8 10 B 10 6 THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE $4.7 $42.7 4 B

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPT. 7, 2003; NIELSEN EDI *IN MILLIONS

COMING UP

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COMING UP

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Fox, PG-13) Gurinder Chadha's critically acclaimed comedy follows a first-generation Brit (Parminder Nagra) who is struggling between her soccer skill and her family's Punjabi-Sikh traditions.

BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (Paramount, R) A crew of overachieving Asian-American teens rebel to relieve the pressure of their seemingly perfect lives.

DREAMCATCHER (Warner, R) We'd follow Morgan Freeman anywhere, even into a spooky sci-fi thriller based on a Stephen King novel.

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