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'VENGEANCE' IS OURS

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HOLIDAY RENTERS went searching for a new hero, thrusting the explosive Die Hard With a Vengeance past the quieter Apollo 13 in its second week on video. In fact, a recent CinemaScore poll showed that more people intended to rent it than other recent action flicks such as Batman Forever and Pulp Fiction. Mortal Kombat, which grossed a surprising $71 million in theaters, may pose an unexpected threat, as it sneaks up five spots to No. 3. Folks with a mind to buy, however, favored the spirit of the season, keeping The Santa Clause at No. 1 and the perennial Miracle on 34th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the top 10.

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 2 DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE Bruce Willis, FoxVideo 2 2 1 APOLLO 13 Tom Hanks, MCA/Universal 6 3 8 MORTAL KOMBAT Christopher Lambert, New Line 2 4 4 JUDGE DREDD Sylvester Stallone, Buena Vista 3 5 6 CRIMSON TIDE Denzel Washington, Hollywood 7 6 7 CONGO Dylan Walsh, Paramount 6 7 5 FIRST KNIGHT Sean Connery, Columbia TriStar 3 8 12 CLUELESS Alicia Silverstone, Paramount 2 9 9 SPECIES Natasha Henstridge, MGM/UA 4 10 3 THE SANTA CLAUSE Tim Allen, Walt Disney 10

TAPE SALES

1 1 THE SANTA CLAUSE Tim Allen, Walt Disney, $19.99 10 2 3 APOLLO 13 Tom Hanks, MCA/Universal, $22.98 6 3 2 THE LAND BEFORE TIME III: THE TIME OF THE GREAT GIVING Animated, MCA/Universal, $19.98 3 4 5 CINDERELLA Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 13 5 4 STAR WARS TRILOGY Harrison Ford, FoxVideo, $49.98 18 6 6 MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Richard Attenborough, FoxVideo, $14.98 8 7 7 BATMAN FOREVER Val Kilmer, Warner, $19.96 9 8 8 CASPER Christina Ricci, MCA/Universal, $22.98 12 9 10 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Animated, MGM/UA, $12.98 39 10 9 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE Amy Jo Johnson, FoxVideo, $22.98 6

FITNESS TAPE SALES

2 WKS. AGO 1 2 DAISY FUENTES: TOTALLY FIT WORKOUT WarnerVision, $19.95 13 2 3 THE GRIND WORKOUT HIP HOP AEROBICS Sony, $12.98 27 3 1 THE FIRM: 5 DAY ABS BMG, $14.98 11 4 6 THE FIRM: LOW IMPACT AEROBICS BMG, $19.98 9 5 7 YOGA PRACTICE FOR BEGINNERS Healing Arts, $14.98 89 6 9 MEN OF STEEL: ABS OF STEEL WarnerVision, $14.95 45 7 11 RACHEL MCLISH: IN SHAPE New Line, $14.98 3 8 5 YOUR PERSONAL BEST WITH ELLE MACPHERSON Buena Vista, $19.99 49 9 10 ABS OF STEEL WITH TAMILEE WEBB WarnerVision, $9.95 193 10 12 DENISE AUSTIN: HIT THE SPOT (ABS) Parade, $9.98 17

SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 31, 1995 FITNESS DATA: BILLBOARD FROM THE ISSUE DATED JAN. 6, 1996

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