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MAKING A KILLING

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For everything there is a season, all right. And for holiday renters numbed by college bowl games and foul weather, it was A Time to Kill, as John Grisham’s courtroom drama rang in 1997 in the No. 2 spot its first week. Starring last summer’s most ballyhooed stud, Matthew McConaughey, the $109 million-grossing gavel pounder landed in the same debut position as the previous Grisham adaptation, The Client, which earned $92 million in theaters and remained on the rentals chart for seven weeks. The scales might not tip as favorably for the most recent Grisham flick, The Chamber (due on video later this year), which was awarded a mere $14 million at the box office.

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 THE ROCK Sean Connery, Hollywood 4 2 — A TIME TO KILL Matthew McConaughey, Warner 1 3 7 MATILDA Mara Wilson, Columbia TriStar 3 4 4 THE NUTTY PROFESSOR Eddie Murphy, MCA/Universal 8 5 5 INDEPENDENCE DAY Bill Pullman, FoxVideo 7 6 2 TIN CUP Kevin Costner, Warner 3 7 8 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Tom Cruise, Paramount 8 8 3 CHAIN REACTION Keanu Reeves, FoxVideo 3 9 11 DRAGONHEART Dennis Quaid, MCA/Universal 6 10 10 ERASER Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warner 10

TAPE SALES

1 5 MATILDA Mara Wilson, Columbia TriStar, $24.95 3 2 1 INDEPENDENCE DAY Bill Pullman, FoxVideo, $22.98 7 3 8 THE LAND BEFORE TIME IV Animated, MCA/Universal, $19.98 4 4 3 THE NUTTY PROFESSOR Eddie Murphy, MCA/Universal, $22.98 8 5 2 TOY STORY Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 10 6 4 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Tom Cruise, Paramount, $22.95 8 7 6 TWISTER Helen Hunt, Warner, $22.96 14 8 7 BRAVEHEART Mel Gibson, Paramount, $24.95 19 9 16 TOP GUN Tom Cruise, Paramount, $14.95 115 10 10 RIVERDANCE Various Artists, Columbia TriStar, $24.95 6

KID VIDEO SALES 1 1 OLIVER & COMPANY Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 13 2 2 MARY-KATE & ASHLEY: HOTEL WHO-DONE-IT Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dualstar, $12.95 9 3 5 WALLACE AND GROMIT: A CLOSE SHAVE Animated, BBC/FoxVideo, $9.98 9 4 7 SKY DANCERS: PINK VOLUME Animated, Cabin Fever, $14.98 7 5 3 MARY-KATE & ASHLEY’S HAWAIIAN BEACH PARTY Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dualstar, $12.95 9 6 12 SKY DANCERS: BLUE VOLUME Animated, Cabin Fever, $14.98 5 7 14 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: AMERICA ROCK Animated, ABC Video/Paramount, $12.95 55 8 6 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: GRAMMAR ROCK Animated, ABC Video/Paramount, $12.95 69 9 — SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Animated, FHE/LIVE, $12.98 1 10 4 THE ARISTOCATS Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 37 SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING JAN. 5, 1996 KID VIDEO DATA: BILLBOARD FROM THE ISSUE DATED JAN. 11, 1997

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