Some critics might consider the year 2000 a shruggable period in cinematic history, but DVD sales for the year prove otherwise. Colosseum epic Gladiator conquered the top spot, while other less regaled Y2K releases like X-Men and The Perfect Storm lingered up front as well, probably due to their whiz-bang effects. And the winner of the DVD popularity contest: Mel Gibson, who has three films on the chart — The Patriot, Braveheart, and Chicken Run.
BEST-SELLING DVDS OF 2000
GROSS EW VIDEO TO DATE GRADE
1 GLADIATOR Russell Crowe $186.6 A 2 THE MATRIX Keanu Reeves $171.4 B+ 3 THE SIXTH SENSE Bruce Willis $292.9 A- 4 X-MEN Patrick Stewart $157.3 C+ 5 THE PATRIOT Mel Gibson $113.3 C+ 6 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 Tom Cruise $215.4 B 7 THE GREEN MILE Tom Hanks $136.8 A- 8 THE PERFECT STORM George Clooney $182.5 C 9 GONE IN 60 SECONDS Nicolas Cage $101.7 D 10 TOY STORY/TOY STORY 2 Animated $437.7* A- 11 SCARY MOVIE Marlon Wayans $157.0 C+ 12 BRAVEHEART Mel Gibson $75.6 B+ 13 AMERICAN PIE Jason Biggs $102.7 C+ 14 U-571 Matthew McConaughey $77.1 B+ 15 THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION Morgan Freeman $28.3 A- 16 INDEPENDENCE DAY Will Smith $306.2 B 17 HEAT Al Pacino $67.4 B- 18 NUTTY PROFESSOR II… Eddie Murphy $123.2 C- 19 TARZAN Animated $171.1 A- 20 CHICKEN RUN Animated $106.8 A-
SOURCE: VIDEOSCAN FOR THE YEAR 2000 *COMBINED GROSS BOX OFFICE GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS. SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC., AND EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. INC.