ENTERTAINMENT: Hooray for Hollywood!

Hooray for Hollywood!

The big picture is bright in Tinseltown. Scoring its best summer season ever, the movie industry racked up a record $1.6 billion in ticket sales. That nosed out the previous mark of $1.58 billion achieved in 1984. Back then it was a handful of such blockbusters as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters and Gremlins, each of which reeled in more than $100 million, that led to the banner year. This season, with the exception of the Eddie Murphy triumph Beverly Hills Cop II, which has pulled in $151 million, a dozen or so lesser hits are doing the...