'Of Mice and Men' Leaves Broadway on a Record High

July 28, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Theater Of Mice and Men

This image released by Polk & Co. shows James Franco, right, and Chris O'Dowd in a scene from "Of Mice and Men," in New York. 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, July 28, 2014, it earned $1,038,106 for the week ending Sunday, setting a new 8-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. (AP Photo/Polk & Co., Richard Phibbs)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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.