By People Staff
Updated November 19, 1998 12:00 AM
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The movie industry is putting the wraps on its second straight record-breaking year. Ticket sales in the U.S. totaled $7.5 billion, up from $6.95 billion in ’98. (Taking inflation into account, the movie business in 1999 fell well below Hollywood’s golden years in the 1930s and ’40s, but there was no Internet or TV then. Still, 1999 sales of roughly 1.5 billion tickets were the highest in 40 years.) Observers are crediting the wide variety of movies released this year. The ’99 champs, with grosses through Dec. 19, are: