With faith-based film “Let There Be Light” bringing in nearly $2 million this past weekend on just 373 screens nationwide, producers Sean Hannity and Kevin Sorbo believe there’s an important lesson to be learned: People are craving good and wholesome entertainment.
“Americans are yearning for wholesome entertainment that inspires instead of degrades,” Kevin Sorbo said in a statement to Faithwire. “And I couldn’t be more proud to be teaming up with Sean to accomplish this.”
“Let There Be Light” is a fictional movie about “the world’s greatest atheist,” who “has a near death experience and comes back with a new view on life.” The film deals with faith, finding hope and the transformation that can come when one opens his or her heart to God.
The positive $1.8 million weekend comes as Hannity and Sorbo are slated to almost double the number of screens this upcoming week to nearly 600, with plans to continue that theatrical expansion in weeks two and three.
“Theaters have been sold out, people have been driving an hour out of their way to see this, and I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they haven’t gone out to the movies in years, but this brought them out,” Hannity said in a statement to Faithwire. “It’s a shame we have to fight so hard to give what millions of Americans have been asking for in entertainment. Hollywood choosing to ignore this says a lot about where its agenda lies. Despite high earnings.”
In the end, Hannity said that the response has been both “overwhelming and amazing” and that people have been deeply touched by the message in “Let There Be Light,” with some viewers even being brought to tears at the end of the movie.
The team behind “Let There Be Light is asking people to call their local movie theaters and request that the film be shown, with Hannity and Sorbo noting that this tactic has helped usher the movie into various locations throughout the country.
“People are walking out and hugging strangers, with tears in their eyes. Does Hollywood not want people to be positive and hopeful?” Sorbo said. “This weekend will give Americans another chance to vote with their feet and we urge all Americans to let their voices be heard at the box office.”
Sorbo told “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” last week that he’s keenly aware that people are searching for something more fulfilling in our ever-chaotic world, and that he’s hoping to inspire people through “Let There Be Light.”
“We live in a very, very dark world its darker and darker all the time and the anger and frustration,” he said, adding that the current climate shows that people are desperately “looking for something.” “There’s so much hate out there.”