Mouse’s ‘Toy’ feast

Disney takes November with 18.6% slice

Thanks to the record-breaking Thanksgiving B.O. feast of “Toy Story 2,” Disney claimed the biggest share of the movie market in November.

According to data through Monday, the Mouse House took 18.6% of the pie. Warner Bros. followed with 16.6%, and Universal came in third with 16.2%.

Along with “Toy” — the month’s top-grosser, with $83 million through Monday — Disney had “The Insider,” “The Straight Story” and “The Sixth Sense.” Studio’s cume for all films in the month was about $122 million.

Warners racked up $109 million on “Pokemon: The First Movie” and “The House on Haunted Hill.”

The November race mirrors the 1999 contest. Year to date, Disney leads with about 15.5% of all grosses. Cume is about $1.03 billion. Warners has a slim edge over U for second place, $916 million to $885 million.

Year started slowly for Disney, but caught fire in summer, with “Tarzan” and “Inspector Gadget.”

Then came “The Sixth Sense,” now the No. 12 film all-time with $272.3 million.

Battle lines

For the 1999 picture to change, Disney would need to flop with December releases “Cradle Will Rock” and “Bicentennial Man.” Warners is launching “The Green Mile” and “Any Given Sunday,” while U goes wide with “Man on the Moon” and platforms “Snow Falling on Cedars” and “The Hurricane.”

For November, top five films and grosses were “Toy,” $83 million; Warners’ “Pokemon,” $77.9 million; MGM’s “The World Is Not Enough,” $76.6 million; Paramount’s “Sleepy Hollow,” $62.5 million; and U’s “The Bone Collector,” $54 million.

In fourth and fifth spots were Par and MGM. After that came the also-rans. Fox claimed 4.4% of the business. Upstart Lions Gate snared 3.3% due to the Kevin Smith-helmed “Dogma.” And New Line stumbled with “The Bachelor,” ending the month with 3.1%.

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