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Unfit to be Tied?

This week’s top videos

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To video renters, what’s the difference between a comedy hit that grossed more than $100 million in theaters, an ultraviolent action flick that took in only $33 million, and a badly reviewed family-friendly sequel that never even played in theaters? This week, apparently, nothing at all, as The First Wives Club, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Disney’s direct-to-tape Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves arrived neck and neck and neck on the chart. But don’t count on that spread for long: First Wives‘ star trio, in addition to their promotional Oscar-night bow as Best Original Song presenters, will appear in Revlon print ads for four months. In other words, customers will likely be lured back to the Club long after they kiss off Good Night and lose their taste for Honey.

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 SPACE JAM Michael Jordan, Warner 2 2 2 COURAGE UNDER FIRE Denzel Washington, FoxVideo 3 3 — THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Bette Midler, Paramount 1 4 — THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT Geena Davis, New Line 1 5 — HONEY, WE SHRUNK OURSELVES Rick Moranis, New Line 1 6 7 THE GLIMMERMAN Steven Seagal, Warner 2 7 3 BULLETPROOF Adam Sandler, Universal 4 8 4 PHENOMENON John Travolta, Touchstone 10 9 5 JACK Robin Williams, Hollywood 7 10 12 MAXIMUM RISK Jean-Claude Van Damme, Columbia TriStar 2

TAPE SALES

1 1 SPACE JAM Michael Jordan, Warner, $22.96 2 2 2 THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 3 3 — HONEY, WE SHRUNK OURSELVES Rick Moranis, Walt Disney, $22.99 1 4 3 BAMBI Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 7 5 4 RIVERDANCE Various Artists, Columbia TriStar, $24.95 17 6 — THE BIRDCAGE Robin Williams, MGM/UA, $19.98 1 7 6 LORD OF THE DANCE Various Artists, PolyGram, $24.95 6 8 7 FARGO Frances McDormand, PolyGram, $29.99 3 9 5 HARRIET THE SPY Michelle Trachtenberg, Paramount, $19.95 4 10 8 INDEPENDENCE DAY Bill Pullman, FoxVideo, $22.98 18

FITNESS TAPE SALES

2 WKS. AGO 1 5 THE FIRM: COMPLETE AEROBIC WEIGHT TRAINING BMG, $19.98 21 2 3 THE FIRM: AEROBIC INTERVAL TRAINING BMG, $19.98 21 3 4 THE FIRM: LOWER BODY SCULPTING BMG, $14.98 37 4 2 CRUNCH: FAT BLASTER PLUS Anchor Bay, $9.98 17 5 1 THE FIRM: ABS, HIPS & THIGHS SCULPTING BMG, $19.98 21 6 8 THE GRIND WORKOUT: FITNESS WITH FLAVA Sony, $12.98 63 7 6 THE FIRM: NOT-SO-TOUGH AEROBICS BMG, $14.98 47 8 1 CRUNCH: FAT BLASTERS Anchor Bay, $9.98 1 9 7 THE FIRM: TIME CRUNCH WORKOUT BMG, $19.98 23 10 14 THE FIRM: BODY SCULPTING BASICS BMG, $19.98 53

SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 23, 1997 FITNESS DATA: BILLBOARD FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 29, 1997

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