"Let There Be Light" ranked No. 2 in per-screen average nationwide in its debut week in movie theaters, beating out star-studded debuts by George Clooney, Tyler Perry, and Amy Schumer, according to Box Office Mojo.
The movie, executive produced by Fox News host Sean Hannity and directed by actor Kevin Sorbo, attracted $5,071 per screen over 373 screens this weekend, only behind horror flick "Jigsaw," which debuted making $5,525 per screen while debuting on 2,941 screens, noted Box Office Mojo.
"Tyler Perry's Boo 2: A Madea Halloween" made $4,188 per screen on 2,388 screens; "Geostorm" made, $1,748 per screen on 3,246 screens; Schumer's "Thank You for Your Service" made $1,802 per screen over 2,054 screens, while Clooney's "Suburbicon" made $1,369 per screen across its total 2.046 screens.
Variety magazine reported that the faith-based "Let There Be Light," which centers on an atheist who has a near-death experience, "opened solidly," pulling in $1.8 million overall.
"We are amazed and humbled by the response," Kevin Sorbo said about the opening. "This is about a deep hunger on the part of the forgotten American people. They still crave entertainment that enriches and offers hope, and are tired of Hollywood's typically negative, violence-glorifying, and sexually graphic fare."
"The supportive and grateful outpouring of emotion from those on social media is overwhelming. This movie has brought people back to the theater, who haven't been in twenty years, we are told. We can’t wait to see what happens in week 2," he continued.
Sorbo, best known for the television series "Hercules," co-starred in the film as well. The movie also features music by Dionne Warwick and Travis Tritt.
"America has spoken," Harmon Kaslow, the president of Atlas Distribution, which distributed the film, said about the movie's first week. "Theaters are calling for the film, and we look forward to expanding in week 2 and beyond."
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