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VIDEO RENTALS : Roberts Shows Her Box-Office Clout

MORNING REPORT

March 14, 1991|DENNIS HUNT | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Julia Roberts is flexing her muscles in the rental market. Her "Flatliners" booted "Die Hard 2" out of the No. 1 position on the Billboard magazine rental chart. "Die Hard 2" figured to reign until early next month, when "Ghost" hits the rental chart. But Roberts, the big attraction in "Flatliners," has more rental-market clout than expected. Poor Tom Cruise. Roberts' movie has totally flattened his "Days of Thunder," which is stalled at No. 3. "Quick Change," the Bill Murray comedy, moved up four notches to No. 12. It may not be as big a rental hit as many predicted. "Arachnophobia" entered the chart at No. 28, but should bound into the Top 10 next week. Though expected to jet into the Top Five after debuting at No. 9 last week, "Air America"--Mel Gibson's latest action epic--moved up just two notches to No. 7. Not bad, but for a Gibson movie, not great.

* One of last year's biggest box-office disappointments, "The Two Jakes" grossed just $9.8 million. However, this "Chinatown" sequel, starring Jack Nicholson, who also directed, may find its audience on video, where the original continues to be a big favorite. The sequel debuted at No. 13.

Ranking Weeks Ranking 2 Weeks On Rental Top Rentals Last Week Ago Chart 1. "Flatliners" (RCA/Columbia) 2 4 3 2. "Die Hard 2" (CBS-Fox) 1 1 5 3. "Days of Thunder" (Paramount) 3 2 4 4. "Darkman" (MCA/Universal) 4 9 3 5. "Navy SEALS" (Orion) 5 3 5 * "The Two Jakes" (Paramount) ... ... 1

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