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What 'Chamber' Made

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Granted a second trial on video, the John Grisham thriller The Chamber still can’t get arrested: The legal scribe’s latest checks in at No. 6 after garnering a paltry judgment ($14 million) in theaters last fall. That’s four spots below the No. 2 debuts of both 1996’s A Time to Kill (currently at No. 17 after 13 weeks on the chart) and 1994’s The Client. Still, Hollywood’s not finished with the case of this prolific writer. The asking price for rights to film his work has continued to increase: The Client and The Chamber commanded around $4 million each, while A Time to Kill sold for $6 million, as did The Rainmaker, due this fall in theaters.

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 3 THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Bette Midler, Paramount 2 2 4 THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT Geena Davis, New Line 2 3 1 SPACE JAM Michael Jordan, Warner 3 4 5 HONEY, WE SHRUNK OURSELVES Rick Moranis, New Line 2 5 2 COURAGE UNDER FIRE Denzel Washington, FoxVideo 4 6 — THE CHAMBER Gene Hackman, Universal 1 7 6 THE GLIMMERMAN Steven Seagal, Warner 3 8 7 BULLETPROOF Adam Sandler, Universal 5 9 11 THAT THING YOU DO! Tom Hanks, FoxVideo 4 10 9 JACK Robin Williams, Hollywood 8

TAPE SALES

1 1 SPACE JAM Michael Jordan, Warner, $22.96 3 2 4 BAMBI Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 8 3 2 THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 4 4 3 HONEY, WE SHRUNK OURSELVES Rick Moranis, Walt Disney, $22.99 2 5 5 RIVERDANCE Various Artists, Columbia TriStar, $24.95 18 6 7 LORD OF THE DANCE Various Artists, PolyGram, $24.95 7 7 8 FARGO Frances McDormand, PolyGram, $29.99 4 8 9 HARRIET THE SPY Michelle Trachtenberg, Paramount, $19.95 5 9 6 THE BIRDCAGE Robin Williams, MGM/UA, $19.98 2 10 12 OLIVER & COMPANY Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 27

KID VIDEO SALES 1 9 THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 3 2 1 BAMBI Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 165 3 4 WALLACE AND GROMIT: A CLOSE SHAVE Animated, BBC/FoxVideo, $9.98 21 4 6 ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES Animated, Walt Disney, $24.99 31 5 3 THE LAND BEFORE TIME IV Animated, MCA/Universal, $19.98 15 6 2 MARY-KATE & ASHLEY: HOTEL WHO-DONE-IT Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dualstar, $12.95 21 7 17 WALLACE AND GROMIT: A GRAND DAY OUT Animated, BBC/FoxVideo, $9.98 57 8 8 THE ARISTOCATS Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 49 9 7 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: AMERICA ROCK Animated, ABC/Paramount, $12.95 67 10 10 OLIVER & COMPANY Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 25

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