'Gangster' rides to top of charts

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"American Gangster" outgunned best picture Oscar nominee "Michael Clayton" to top the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending Feb. 24.

The Universal Studios Home Entertainment release — with boxoffice earnings of $129.8 million, the first "event" title of the year — sold an estimated 4 million units in its first week in stores.

According to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert data, "Gangster" sold more than three times as many copies as Warner's "Clayton," which finished a distant second on the weekly sales chart.

The previous week's top seller, Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" from Lionsgate, slipped to No. 3 in its second week.

Making a surprisingly strong debut was another Lionsgate release, "Chaos," a direct-to-video actioner starring Jason Statham. The film bowed at No. 7 on First Alert, beating several new releases with a theatrical history.

"Gangster" also scored big in the rental arena, according to Home Media Magazine's chart. The film generated an estimated $9.7 million to take the No. 1 slot, though the margin of victory over "Clayton" wasn't as pronounced as it was on the sales chart. "Clayton" coughed up a respectable $8.2 million in rental revenue to take the No. 2 position in its first week, while the previous week's top renter, Disney/Miramax's "Gone Baby Gone," slid to No. 3.

"Clayton" was the week's top Blu-ray Disc seller, while "Gangster" topped the HD DVD chart.
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