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National Video Rentals : Good Man Gains on 'Good Men'

July 30, 1993|DENNIS HUNT and Source: Billboard Publications Inc.

"A Few Good Men" is the official chart leader but some stores are reporting that No. 7 "The Bodyguard" is their top rental. This thriller, built around a romance between a star singer (Whitney Houston) and her bodyguard (Kevin Costner), is doing particularly strong business among female renters, retailers say. Look for "Bodyguard" to bounce into the top three next week. In certain stores in urban areas, "The Crying Game," which moved up three notches to No. 5, is the leading rental. Many retailers also report that "Body of Evidence," the racy thriller starring Madonna, is consistently among their top rentals--especially the unrated version. "Lorenzo's Oil," featuring Susan Sarandon's Oscar-nominated performance, debuted at No. 18. This acclaimed but depressing drama about a gravely ill child isn't a real crowd-pleaser: It grossed only $7 million at the box office and has just an outside chance of reaching the rental Top 10.

* The third green-turtle adventure, which grossed $40.6 million at the box office, is a big attraction among young action fans. It entered the chart at No. 17 and should easily make the Top 10 next week.

Rank Weeks Last on the Week Chart 1."A Few Good Men" 1 3 2."Unforgiven" 4 2 3."Bram Stoker's Dracula" 2 4 4."Forever Young" 3 6 5."Crying Game" 8 2 6."Body of Evidence" 5 5 7."The Bodyguard" 39 2 8."Leap of Faith" 7 3 9."Jennifer 8" 6 4 10."A River Runs Through It" 9 9 *"Teenage Mutant ... 1 Ninja Turtles III"

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