June 17, 1991 12:00 PM

A new ranking system has put a twang into the pop charts (see SONG). The old method of polling stores was ditched for a computerized system. The result: more heartland tastes. Some groups are miffed, but Garth Brooks is happy—from a previous high of 16th, he’s gone as high as No. 4….

Performance grosses (STAGE) remain showbiz’s last democracy, where dusty acts like Roger Whittaker and the road show of Cats compete with the latest tattooed rockers. Of course, Guns N’ Roses’ weekly haul topped $2 million, while Rog, best known for hawking albums on late-night TV, struggled to $380,000—but he does get to share network time with Mr. Ed.

SCREEN

TOP-GROSSING MOVIES

1. Backdraft

2. Soapdish

3. What About Bob?

4. Thelma & Louise

5. Only the Lonely

6. Hudson Hawk

7. Drop Dead Fred

8. FX2

9. Home Alone

10. Stone Cold

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

TUBE

TOP-RANKED LATE-NIGHT SHOWS

1. The Tonight Show

2. Nightline

3. The Arsenio Hall Show

4. Letterman (first half hour)

5. CBS Late Night

6. Letterman (second half hour)

7. The Parry Machine

SOURCE: A.C. NIELSEN CO.

VIDEO

TOP RENTALS

1. Ghost

2. Marked for Death

3. The Bonfire of the Vanities

4. Pacific Heights

5. Presumed Innocent

6. The Jungle Book

7. Predator 2

8. Three Men and a Little Lady

9. Quigley Down Under

10. Rocky V

SOURCE: BILLBOARD

STAGE

TOP-GROSSING LIVE PERFORMANCES

1. Guns N’ Roses

2. Cats (touring company)

3. The judds

4. Yes

5. Clint Black

6. Poison

7. Neil Young

8. Roger Whittaker

9. Frank Sinatra

10. Crosby, Stills & Nash

SOURCE: PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE

SONG

TOP POP ALBUMS

1. Spellbound

Paula Abdul
2. Time, Love and Tenderness

Michael Bolton

3. Out of Time

R.E.M.

4. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
5. Gonna Make You Sweat

C&C Music Factory

6. New Jack City

Various artists

7. No Fences

Garth Brooks

8. Shake Your Money Maker

The Black Crowes

9. Coolin’ at the Playground Ya’ Know!

Another Bad Creation

10.Extreme II Pornograffitti

Extreme

SOURCE: BILLBOAB

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