The November box office chimed in with $ 402 million — a solid showing but no cigar, as the expression might apply when setting new boundaries.

Last year still holds sway for the monthly standard and comparatively that meant the past month was 12% below the record.

With no break-out titles emerging for the period, Buena Vista cornered 25% of the marketplace from such solid performers as “The Nightmare Before Christmas, “”Cool Runnings,””The Joy Luck Club” and “The Three Musketeers.” It represented more than $ 100 million in revenues and virtually double the share of Fox, its closest competitor and late-month comer based upon opening weekend returns from “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Orion reappeared among the top-10 performers thanks to returns from “RoboCop 3.” It’s been virtually two years since the now-beleaguered company figured into monthly, weekly or daily standings. It currently exists thanks to a library and the precarious performance of an intermittent stream of product.

Heading into the final weeks of the year, studio-driven films began to crowd out the indie companies. New Line and Fine Line, with such diverse fare as “Man’s Best Friend,””Short Cuts” and “Gettysburg,” contributed roughly half of the sector’s 7% market share.

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