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Wow, bella! Top-ranked As Good as It Gets got better last week (up 13 rentals per store to 71), as did eighth-ranked Bella Mafia (up 2 to 24), an impressive showing for an abridged version of a CBS miniseries. Did its 20 million TV viewers not get enough last November? Did Vanessa Redgrave’s Golden Globe-nominated turn as a vengeful mafia widow heighten the film’s stature? Or is it that, as Trimark VP Gary Jones says, ”the American people like to see women as bad guys”? Hmmm. Meanwhile, on the DVD chart, a slew of new releases helped overall sales climb to 156,000 copies, the highest weekly total since Christmas.

TAPE RENTALS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 1 AS GOOD AS IT GETS Jack Nicholson, Columbia TriStar 2 2 4 THE JACKAL Bruce Willis, Universal 5 3 5 STARSHIP TROOPERS Casper Van Dien, Columbia TriStar 2 4 3 MOUSE HUNT Nathan Lane, DreamWorks 4 5 2 TOMORROW NEVER DIES Pierce Brosnan, MGM 3 6 7 FOR RICHER OR POORER Tim Allen, Universal 4 7 6 KISS THE GIRLS Ashley Judd, Paramount 7 8 8 BELLA MAFIA Vanessa Redgrave, Trimark 3 9 — DESPERATE MEASURES Michael Keaton, Columbia TriStar 1 10 10 L.A. CONFIDENTIAL Guy Pearce, Warner 6

TAPE SALES

1 1 AS GOOD AS IT GETS Jack Nicholson, Columbia TriStar, $22.99 2 2 — FACE/OFF Nicolas Cage, Paramount, $14.95 1 3 5 CON AIR Nicolas Cage, Touchstone, $19.99 2 4 2 ANASTASIA Animated, Fox, $26.98 5 5 3 MOUSE HUNT Nathan Lane, DreamWorks, $22.99 4 6 4 SOUTH PARK: VOLUME 1 Animated,Warner, $14.95 4 7 8 AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY Mike Myers, New Line, $14.98 13 8 7 SOUTH PARK: VOLUME 2 Animated,Warner, $14.95 4 9 — VOLCANO Tommy Lee Jones, Fox, $14.99 1 10 9 SOUTH PARK: VOLUME 3 Animated,Warner, $14.95 4

DVD SALES

SALES INDEX

1 — STARSHIP TROOPERS Casper Van Dien, Columbia TriStar, $24.95 100 2 — AS GOOD AS IT GETS Jack Nicholson, Columbia TriStar, $29.99 77 3 1 TOMORROW NEVER DIES Pierce Brosnan, MGM, $24.98 58 4 — PULP FICTION John Travolta, Miramax, $29.99 30 5 — COP LAND Sylvester Stallone, Miramax, $29.99 18 6 2 L.A. CONFIDENTIAL Guy Pearce, Warner, $24.98 15 7 — GROSSE POINTE BLANK John Cusack, Hollywood, $29.99 13 8 — PRETTY WOMAN Julia Roberts, Touchstone, $29.99 11 3 THE JACKAL Bruce Willis, Universal, $34.98 11 — TRON Jeff Bridges, Walt Disney, $29.99 11

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