'Of Mice and Men' play with James Franco leaves Broadway on a record high

Associated Press

James Franco's play "Of Mice and Men" has left Broadway with a roar — a box office record.

The show, co-starring Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester, said Monday it earned $1,038,106 for the week ending Sunday, setting a new eight-performance weekly record gross at the Longacre Theatre and marking the first time the theater ever housed a show that crossed the $1 million mark.

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The play, an adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, follows two tragic migrant workers trying to make their way through the Depression.

The play recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just 12 weeks and ended its 19-week run Sunday. It is the first American production chosen to be filmed by National Theatre Live.

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