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VIDEO RENTALS : 'Born' Can't Pass High-Revving 'Daisy'

September 27, 1990|DENNIS HUNT | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"Driving Miss Daisy" continues to race along in high gear, too fast for the competition. "Born on the Fourth of July" may die in the No. 2 slot. It doesn't seem to have the power to catch "Miss Daisy" and may start slipping down the chart without ever savoring the top spot. If MCA/Universal had released it at any other time--to avoid direct competition with "Miss Daisy"--then "Born" would certainly have reached No. 1. That sentimental soaper "Stella," featuring Bette Midler, is doing surprisingly well--No. 4--in the rental market for a movie that had a so-so ($20 million) box-office run. "Impulse," a violent drama starring Theresa Russell as a cop with questionable scruples, debuted at No. 27 and could be a sleeper rental hit.

* "All Dogs Go to Heaven," the feature-length animated movie, is picking up steam in the rental market, climbing to No. 8 on the chart. But it's in the sales market that this tape, which sells for $25, has its strongest appeal. It's been No. 1 on the Billboard sales chart for the last few weeks, but could be knocked out in the next week or two by Disney's "Peter Pan."

Ranking Weeks Ranking 2 Weeks On Rental Top Rentals Last Week Ago Chart 1."Driving Miss Daisy" (Warner) 1 1 8 2."Born on the Fourth of July" (MCA/Universal) 2 2 6 3."Bad Influence" (RCA/Columbia) 3 11 3 4."Stella"(Touchstone) 8 12 3 5."Joe Versus the Volcano" (Warner) 5 4 5 *"All Dogs Go to Heaven" (MGM/UA) 13 17 3

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