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'FORCE' MAJEURE

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The peacemaker couldn’t shoot down Air Force One, the reigning rental champion. That the Thriller-in-Chief owes its success to the bountiful 26 copies available per store bodes well for a video-industry trend — newly adopted by Columbia TriStar — of offering stores incentives to keep more copies of hit titles in circulation. Air Force One’s not part of the copy-depth initiative, but two Columbia films included in the program, The Myth of Fingerprints and the new Texas Chainsaw sequel, debuted high on the limited-release chart.

TAPE RENTALS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 1 AIR FORCE ONE Harrison Ford, Columbia TriStar 5 2 2 THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE Al Pacino, Warner 4 3 — THE PEACEMAKER George Clooney, Universal 1 4 3 THE EDGE Alec Baldwin, Fox 3 5 4 G.I. JANE Demi Moore, Hollywood 6 6 5 THE GAME Michael Douglas, PolyGram 8 7 — IN & OUT Kevin Kline, Paramount 1 8 6 NOTHING TO LOSE Martin Lawrence, Touchstone 8 9 8 MAD CITY John Travolta, Warner 3 10 7 CONSPIRACY THEORY Mel Gibson, Warner 11

TAPE SALES

1 1 PETER PAN Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 2 2 2 AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY 2 Mike Myers, New Line, $14.98 3 — THE SAINT Val Kilmer, Paramount, $14.95 1 4 3 HERCULES Animated, Walt Disney, $26.99 6 5 4 AIR FORCE ONE Harrison Ford, Columbia TriStar, 5 $14.95 6 — ANACONDA Jon Voight, Columbia TriStar, $19.95 1 7 8 THE PRINCESS BRIDE Cary Elwes, MGM/UA, $14.99 23 8 5 DANTE’S PEAK Pierce Brosnan, Universal, $19.98 3 9 6 RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA 5 Brandy, Walt Disney, $19.99 10 7 SOUL FOOD Vanessa L. Williams, Fox, $19.98 9

LIMITED-RELEASE RENTALS

1 — EVE’S BAYOU Jurnee Smollett, Trimark 1 2 — TEXAS CHAINSHAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION 1 Renee Zellweger, Columbia TriStar 3 1 CITY OF INDUSTRY Harvey Keitel, Orion 6 4 2 CRITICAL CARE James Spader, LIVE 3 5 4 BRASSED OFF Ewan McGregor, Miramax 6 6 — THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS Blythe Danner, 1 Columbia TriStar 7 3 SQUEEZE Tyrone Burton, Miramax 3 8 5 EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU Woody Allen, Miramax 30 9 6 CRASH James Spader, New Line 30 10 7 SWINGERS Jon Favreau, Miramax 42

SOURCE: VIDEO BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAR. 15, 1998 LIMITED-RELEASE RENTALS HAD THEATRICAL RELEASES OF NO MORE THAN 475 SCREENS SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAR. 8, 1998; SOME DATA PROVIDED BY VIDTRAC; RELEASE DATA FROM EXHIBITOR RELATIONS