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The film Independence Day broke box office records last weekend, in a repetition of its US success. The science-fiction thriller, which depicts the destruction by aliens of New York, Washington and Los Angeles, took nearly pounds 7m in 434 cinemas when it opened in the UK.

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Focusing on leisure is risky for Rank

Putting pounds 50,000 into what was then the new business of photocopiers in the 1950s stands out as one of the greatest corporate investments of all time. On the basis of Rank's conservative pounds 930m book valuation of its remaining interest in Rank Xerox, that initial punt on an interesting new technology is today worth the best part of pounds 5bn.

The day the earth held hands

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THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE

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America falls to an invasion of aliens

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Alien-zapping wins patriotic approval

In a summer of blockbusters,Hollywood has been counting statistics with all the fever of baseball fans. The film Independence Day was annointed the winner yesterday, breaking box office records as it earned $100m in US ticket sales in less than a week.

CINEMA:More than a degree of chaos

A FILM about the death of the imagination was always likely to have a hard time finding an audience imaginative enough to want to watch it. That has been the ironic fate of Six Degrees of Separation (15), Fred Schepisi's adap- tation of John Guare's hit stage play, which opened (and closed) 18 months ago in America, and only now limps into release here, in time for June's black hole of cinema distribution. Even for those who get to see the film,there are grounds for being put off. As the early dialogue bows and scrapes before you, as if it was still on stage, you may wish to walk out. But stay - there is method in this mannerism. The movie is wordy, stagey and chaotic. But its subjects are words, staginess and chaos.

C H A R T S

Romance dominates the chart with Meg Ryan (left) and Kevin Kline in Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss (formerly called Paris Match) at No 1, and Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping. Panther is Mario van Peebles' story of the Black Panther movement.

Remembering Hitch

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American Football: How on earth can the Bills bring down Emmitt Smith?: One man looks irresistible in Sunday's Super Bowl. Matt Tench reports from Atlanta

WHEN Emmitt Smith was a high- school running back in Pensacola, a small town in Florida, his coach, Dwight Thomas, pursued a simple tactical plan. 'Hand the ball to Emmitt, pitch the ball to Emmitt, throw the ball to Emmitt.' In Smith's four years, Escambia High won two state championships.

FILM / Shaking up a genetic pick 'n' mix: Adam Mars-Jones watches Made in America, about the search for a father-figure

WHOOPI GOLDBERG has a supreme advantage, despite being a comic actress who almost always seems better than the material she has to work with: she never makes you feel embarrassed for her, which may come in handy when the threatened sequel to Sister Act appears. You feel she's doing what she wants to do, even when you know it can't be so.

RADIO / Riding a Hitch: Robert Hanks on the morality of film and The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock

This week, in its ceaseless round of ethical ambulance-chasing, The Moral Maze (Radio 4, Thursday) arrived at on-screen violence. For once, the assorted mavericks, and kindly Michael Buerk, were of one mind: they felt that watching violence on screen corrupts, and witnesses who dared to differ - like the film critic Alexander Walker - were given a rough ride.
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