"Gangster" rides to top of DVD charts

Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:41am EST
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By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "American Gangster" outgunned best picture Oscar nominee "Michael Clayton" to top the latest DVD sales and rental charts, according to data issued Wednesday.

"Gangster" with North American box office earnings of $129.8 million, sold an estimated 4 million units during its first week in stores, the period ended February 24.

According to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert data, that was more than three times as many copies as "Michael Clayton," which finished a distant second. The previous week's top seller, "Why Did I Get Married?" slipped to No. 3.

Making a surprisingly strong debut at No. 7 was "Chaos," a direct-to-video action movie starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes.

"Gangster" also scored big in the rental arena, according to Home Media Magazine. The crime drama generated an estimated $9.7 million to take the No. 1 slot, while "Clayton" coughed up a respectable $8.2 million. The previous week's top renter, "Gone Baby Gone," slipped to No. 3.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Denzel Washington arrives for the premiere of the film "American Gangster" in New York October 19, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>