"Rent" hit movie theatres across the country Nov. 23, earning $5.3 million in its first day of release and $10.7 million during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It earned $4.6 million over the Dec. 2-4 weekend. To date, the movie musical has grossed $26.9 million.
The highest grossing film of the weekend past was "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Others in the top ten included "Syriana," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Yours, Mine and Ours," "Aeon Flux," "Just Friends," "Pride & Prejudice," "Chicken Little" and "Rent."
"Rent," which features a screenplay by director Columbus and Stephen Chbosky, reunites most of the original Broadway cast, including Anthony Rapp (as Mark Cohen), Adam Pascal (as Roger Davis), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (as Angel Schunard), Jesse L. Martin (as Thomas B. "Thom" Collins), Idina Menzel (as Maureen Johnson) and Taye Diggs (as Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III). Newcomers to the company include film actress Rosario Dawson as Mimi with Tracie Thoms as Joanne Jefferson. (The roles of Mimi and Joanne were created on Broadway by, respectively, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker.)
Rent updates Puccini's La Boheme to the East Village near the end of the millennium, with artists and lovers struggling to connect in a world that is chaotic, shallow and tinged with disease. The late Larson wrote Rent's book, music and lyrics. The 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical continues at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City.