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'Scoundrels' Scores on the Charts

July 13, 1989|DENNIS HUNT | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the comedy about two con men played by Michael Caine and Steve Martin, is cleaning up in the rental market, moving up to No. 5 in just its second week on the chart. Whether it has the clout to rout "Coming to America" out of No. 1 remains to be seen. So far "Twins," supposedly a cinch No. 1, has been mired at No. 2. "Bird," the acclaimed biography of jazz pioneer Charlie Bird, is doing respectable business (No. 27) for a movie that grossed just $2 million. The controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" entered the chart at No. 34. Look for it to take a sizable jump next week, at least into the Top 20.

* All the Oscar attention--including the best picture nomination and Geena Davis' best supporting actress award--will help "The Accidental Tourist" become one of the big rental hits of the summer. It debuted at No. 10. This offbeat romantic comedy about a staid travel writer (William Hurt) whose life is enlivened by a kooky dog trainer (Geena Davis) earned nearly $30 million at the box office.

VIDEO CHARTS

Rental Rental Weeks Top Ranking Ranking 2 On Rental Rentals Last Week Weeks Ago Chart 1."Coming to America"(Paramount) 1 1 7 2."Twins"(MCA) 3 5 3 3."The Accused"(Paramount) 2 2 9 4."My Stepmother Is an Alien" 5 6 4 (RCA/Columbia) 5."Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"(Orion) 8 ... 2 *"The Accidental Tourist" ... ... 1 (Warner Bros.)

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