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SUMMER HITS, SOME AREN'T

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It may be the peaceful middle of winter outside, but on the video-rental chart it’s the summer-movie war all over again. The blockbusters Sleepless in Seattle, Cliffhanger, and Rising Sun are duking it out near the top, with The Firm knocking them all down a notch to cruise this week into the No. 1 spot. The thriller (which grossed more than $158 million in theaters) had better watch its back; other not-so-successful summer challengers, such as Kalifornia and Last Action Hero, are slated for video release in the coming weeks. On the sales front, now that the holiday gift-giving mood has passed, wintry titles like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol have dropped from the top 10, making room for a few long-standing, but temporarily displaced, Disney hits. Last week Weeks on Chart Top 10 Tape Rentals 1 11The Firm Tom Cruise, Paramount 3 2 1Sleepless in Seattle Meg Ryan, Columbia TriStar 4 3 2CLIFFHANGER Sylvester Stallone, Columbia TriStar 7 4 3Rising Sun Sean Connery, FoxVideo 5 5 17DAVE Kevin Kline, Warner 2 6 7INDECENT PROPOSAL Robert Redford, Paramount 12 7 6Made in America Whoopi Goldberg, Warner6 8 8SLIVER Sharon Stone, Paramount 8 9 10DENNIS THE MENACE Walter Matthau, Warner10 10 14Life with Mikey Michael J. Fox,Touchstone 6 Tape sales 1 1Aladdin Animated, Disney, $24.99 14 2 2Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Macaulay Culkin, FoxVideo, $24.98 23 3 5Free Willy Michael Madsen, Warner, $24.96 7 4 13Dennis the Menace Walter Matthau, Warner, $24.96 10 5 6Beauty and the Beast Animated, Disney, $24.99 62 6 9The Bodyguard Whitney Houston, Warner, $19.98 6 7 14Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Touchstone, $19.99 51 8 12Pinocchio Animated, Disney, $24.99 41 9 16 101 Dalmatians Animated, Disney, $24.99 91 10 11Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Animals, Disney, $22.99 21 Sports Tapes Sales 1 1Michael Jordan: Air Time CBS/Fox, $19.98 43 2 3Shaq Attack: In Your Face Parade, $19.98 23 3 2The NFL’s 15 Greatest Comebacks PolyGram, $14.95 7 4 6Michael Jordan: Come Fly With Me CBS/Fox, $19.98 216 5 19Michael Jordan’s Playground CBS/Fox, $19.98 145 6 -Patrick Ewing: Standing Tall CBS/Fox, $19.98 – 7 4The Joe Montana Story PolyGram, $19.95 7 8 8NFL Rocks-Extreme Football PolyGram, $19.95 11 9 11LT PolyGram, $19.95 29 10 5When It Was a Game 2 HBO, $14.9825