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VIDEO CHARTS : Babies Booming, 'East L.A.' Rising

May 26, 1988|DENNIS HUNT | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"Baby Boom," the Diane Keaton comedy, debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard magazine rental chart and could be in the Top 10 next week. A pretty strong box-office performer, this one has Top Five video potential--along with "Adventures in Babysitting," which is already in the No. 3 perch. The thriller "Someone to Watch Over Me" is picking up steam, moving up seven notches to No. 8 on the rental chart. The Cheech Marin comedy, "Born in East L.A.," is a surprisingly popular rental, barreling up to No. 15 in two weeks. "Weeds," starring Nick Nolte, is off to a good start, climbing quickly to No. 21. "The Whales of August," with Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, didn't make a big splash in the rental market; after one week at No. 37, it sank out of the Top 40.

* "The Running Man," the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger adventure, sprinted to No. 7 in its first week on the rental chart. Since Schwarzenegger is one of the biggest attractions in home video, this movie looks like it could be in the running for the No. 1 spot.

Rental Weeks Sales Top Ranking On Rental Chart Rentals Last Week Chart Ranking 1. The Untouchables 1 4 9 (Paramount) 2. The Witches of Eastwick 2 3 14 (Warner Home Video) 3. Adventures in Babysitting 3 5 39 (Touchstone) 4. Stakeout 4 9 -- (Touchstone) 5. Innerspace 6 7 -- (Warner Home Video) * The Running Man -- 1 -- (Vestron)

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