By EW Staff
Updated October 11, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

WIDESPREAD ‘PANIC’

It’s dark at the top of the video chart this week…and there’s something lurking in it. Well, two somethings, as the week’s big debuts feature different kinds of creatures that go bump in the night: Panic Room has Jodie Foster protecting her offspring from unwanted domestic intruders, while Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. tells of warm and funny beasties that scare because they care. Even though Panic took the rental cake, Monsters will likely be the 800-pound DVD gorilla of the season.

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

1 — PANIC ROOM Jodie Foster $5.4 $95.3 1 B- 2 — MONSTERS, INC. Animated $5.0 $255.9 1 A 3 1 CHANGING LANES Ben Affleck $8.4 $66.8 2 B 4 2 HIGH CRIMES Ashley Judd $14.1 $41.5 4 C 5 — 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS Josh Hartnett $2.0 $38.0 1 C+ 6 4 THE ROOKIE Dennis Quaid $13.8 $75.6 4 A- 7 3 BLADE II Wesley Snipes $9.4 $81.7 3 B- 8 — FRAILTY Bill Paxton $1.9 $13.1 1 B+ 9 5 THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Jim Cavaziel $3.6 $54.2 2 B- 10 6 WE WERE SOLDIERS Mel Gibson $15.1 $78.1 5 B

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

1 — MONSTERS, INC. Animated $255.9 1 A 2 — PANIC ROOM Jodie Foster $95.3 1 B- 3 3 BLADE II Wesley Snipes $81.7 3 B- 4 1 THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Jim Cavaziel $54.2 2 B- 5 2 CHANGING LANES Ben Affleck $66.8 2 B 6 — 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS Josh Hartnett $38.0 1 C+ 7 — FRAILTY Bill Paxton $13.1 1 B+ 8 4 WE WERE SOLDIERS Mel Gibson $78.1 5 B 9 7 THE LORD OF THE RINGS… (WIDE-SCREEN) Elijah Wood $313.4 6 A- 10 5 NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VAN WILDER Tara Reid $21.1 5 C-

SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS/VIDTRAC FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPT. 22, 2002. *BOX OFFICE GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI AND EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO., INC.

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