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Legal Eagles

The fierce triumvirate of Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, and John Cusack held court this week, swaying videophiles to side with their legal thriller Runaway Jury. While their debut knocked Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Radio from the No. 1 rental spot after three weeks, the other newcomer, David Spade's box office bomb Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, tagged along at No. 3 on the sales chart. Schhhhhweet!

TOP 10 DVD SALES BOX OFFICE WEEKS LAST GROSS ON EW WEEK TO DATE* CHART GRADE

1 1 THE LION KING 1 1/2 -- 2 B 2 -- RUNAWAY JURY (WIDE) $49.4 1 B- 3 -- DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR (WIDE) $22.7 1 C+ 4 3 LOST IN TRANSLATION (WIDE) $43.2 3 A 5 5 RADIO $52.3 4 C+** 6 2 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (WIDE) $35.2 2 C 7 6 ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO $55.8 5 B 8 4 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (WIDE) $43.6 3 C+** 9 7 OPEN RANGE $58.3 5 B** 10 9 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $305.4 12 B

TOP 10 TAPE RENTALS BOX VIDEO OFFICE WEEKS LAST GROSS GROSS ON EW WEEK TO DATE* TO DATE* CHART GRADE

1 -- RUNAWAY JURY $1.9 $49.4 1 B- 2 1 RADIO $6.7 $52.3 4 C+** 3 2 SECONDHAND LIONS $4.2 $41.5 3 C+** 4 3 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY $2.4 $35.2 2 C 5 6 THE LION KING 1 1/2 $1.9 -- 2 B 6 4 OPEN RANGE $7.3 $58.3 5 B** 7 5 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN $3.1 $43.6 3 C+** 8 -- DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR $0.7 $22.7 1 C+ 9 8 LOST IN TRANSLATION $2.7 $43.2 3 A 10 7 ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO $5.5 $55.8 5 B

SOURCES: VIDEO BUSINESS/RENTRAK FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEB. 22, 2004; NIELSEN EDI *IN MILLIONS

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BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON (PG, 120 mins., 1972, Paramount) Franco Zeffirelli's take on nature-loving Francis of Assisi presents the saint as a battle-weary man who's had a flower-power makeover.

DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Unrated, 92 mins., 1968, Columbia TriStar) Real-life Hollywood couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor star as the man who sells his soul to the devil in a quest for power, and the woman of his dreams, Helen of Troy.

JANET JACKSON: THE VELVET ROPE (Unrated, 120 mins., 1998, Eagle Rock) No scandalous overexposure in this Emmy-winning concert, where Michael's sis proves the perfect ambassador for a tour of her erotic ''Rhythm Nation.''

QUEER AS FOLK: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (Unrated, 11 hrs., 13 mins., 2003, Showtime Entertainment) Plenty of sex and controversy packed into just 14 episodes, as the gang still lives the gay life in Pittsburgh.

STARSKY & HUTCH: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Unrated, 19 hrs., 33 mins., 1975-1976, Columbia TriStar) How do Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson measure up to the originals? The '70s series, starring Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul ruling the streets to a wakka chica beat, hits stores just in time for a little compare/contrast action.

**ORIGINAL THEATRICAL GRADE

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints