Sometimes, the video world just doesn’t make much sense. In a week that saw the debut of the Oscar-nominated Ali–with Will Smith giving the performance of his career as arguably the greatest athlete ever to walk the earth–video renters turned in their scorecards and gave the victory to Not Another Teen Movie (which, despite its title, is just that). Still, the champ can’t be counted out: Ali dominates the disc sales chart. Float like a butterfly, sting like a DVD.
TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS
VIDEO BOX OFFICE WEEKS EW LAST GROSS TO GROSS TO ON VIDEO WEEK DATE DATE CHART GRADE
1 1 BEHIND ENEMY LINES Owen Wilson $9.4 $58.9 2 C- 2 2 DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE John Travolta $14.0 $45.2 3 B- 3 — NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE Jaime Pressly $3.56 $38.1 1 D+ 4 4 BLACK KNIGHT Martin Lawrence $11.1 $33.4 3 C- 5 3 SPY GAME Robert Redford $16.8 $62.4 4 B 6 — ALI Will Smith $2.6 $58.2 1 B 7 6 SERENDIPITY John Cusack $12.3 $50.3 4 C- 8 7 BANDITS Bruce Willis $16.4 $41.6 5 C+ 9 5 TRAINING DAY Denzel Washington $35.7 $76.3 7 B- 10 8 THIRTEEN GHOSTS Tony Shalhoub $15.5 $41.9 5 B-
TOP 10 DVD SALES
LAST GROSS TO WEEKS ON EW VIDEO WEEK DATE* CHART GRADE
1 — ALI Will Smith $58.2 1 B 2 1 BEHIND ENEMY LINES Owen Wilson $58.9 2 C- 3 — SPIDER-MAN: THE ULTIMATE VILLAIN… ANIMATED — 1 — 4 — NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE Jaime Pressly $38.1 1 D+ 5 3 BLACK KNIGHT Martin Lawrence $33.4 3 C- 6 2 DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE John Travolta $45.2 3 B- 7 4 TRAINING DAY Denzel Washington $76.3 7 B- 8 5 SPY GAME (WIDE-SCREEN) Robert Redford $62.4 4 B 9 6 MULHOLLAND DRIVE Naomi Watts $7.2 4 A- 10 — FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FIRST… Jennifer Aniston — 1 A-
SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAY 5, 2002. *BOX OFFICE GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI AND EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO., INC.
[BOX]EW VIDEO EW RECOMMENDS GRADE
ANGELINA BALLERINA: ROSE FAIRY PRINCESS Animated (HIT, A unrated) Terrific toddler fare that tells the tale of an enchanting English mouse.
LANTANA Anthony LaPaglia (Lions Gate, R) In a mystery that A plays out like an Altman film, LaPaglia stuns as an Aussie detective on the hunt.
STAN LEE’S MUTANTS, MONSTERS & MARVELS Documentary (Columbia A TriStar, unrated) Storied comic-book creator Lee holds forth on his work.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (Warner, PG) Listen, if you need to be told what this movie is about, then you’re reading the wrong magazine.
HYPE WILLIAMS: THE VIDEOS (Palm, unrated) Wiggle it, just a little bit, to these music vids from artists like Busta Rhymes, TLC, and Jay-Z.
SLACKERS (Columbia TriStar, R) Rushmore’s Jason Schwartzman makes it all the way to college in a movie that could’ve used some Max Fischer flair.
STARSHIP TROOPERS: SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia TriStar, R, DVD) Paul Verhoeven’s weirdo sci-fi satire gets a deluxe treatment. Would you like to know more?
TRAFFIC: special edition (Criterion, R, DVD) Director Steven Soderbergh usually takes full advantage of the power of DVD, so this two-disc set should rock.