Cinema: Hollywood's Hottest Summer

E.T. leads the pack of record-breaking hits

The lines snaking around 1,323 movie theaters this summer are long and eager; faces of every hue and age glow with anticipation. Outside Los Angeles' Cinerama Dome theater, a young woman on crutches stands patiently for 90 minutes, waiting to buy a ticket. Outside a theater in Washington, D.C., an elegant couple keeps cool by sipping tangerine daiquiris. Inside every theater there is applause as two names that certify movie magic appear on the screen: Steven Spielberg and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. One Boston man in his 20s exults:...

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