Christian film 'Let There Be Light' makes $4.5M at box office

The Christian film titled "Let There Be Light," which was released in theaters on Oct. 27, has reportedly hit past the $4.5 million mark on a budget of merely $3 million and ranked 10th at the box office from Nov. 3-5.

(REUTERS / Phil McCarten)Cast member Kevin Sorbo arrives at the premiere of "Meet the Spartans" in Los Angeles. January 23, 2008.

According to Box Office Mojo, "Let There Be Light" earned $1.7 million on its opening weekend and ranked 11th in the box office. Most of the scenes in the Christian film were shot in Birmingham, Alabama, last summer although the setting of the movie is in New York and Connecticut, AL.com relayed.

"Let There Be Light" tells the story of famed atheist and bestselling author Dr. Sol Harkans, who is played by "God's Not Dead" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" star Kevin Sorbo. His character leans on alcohol after his son's death. After going through a near-death experience, he seeks help from his ex-wife, who is a woman of faith.

Sorbo explained to Fox News prior to the screening that the film was all about bringing light and hope to a world that was full of darkness and negativity.

"People are looking for hope. They are looking for a glimmer of something positive in their lives, because so much negativity happens. Evil, a lot of times, is so hard explain it, why people do the stuff that they do that hurts so many people's lives," Sorbo told Fox. "And we have fallen apart. This country is founded on Judeo-Christian values, and now we are a secular nation and you can see the anger and the hate."

In addition, Sorbo also delved a little bit more into his character's story. He said Dr. Harkans' views took a turn after several traumatic experiences which included his son's death and the breaking down of his marriage. For the actor, "Let There Be Light" is a story of hope, faith, love, and the importance of being a father.

Sorbo's wife, Sam, co-wrote "Let There Be Light" with Dan Gordon.