Movie audiences came out this weekend for a dose of Linsanity.
The documentary from Evan Jackson Leong about the rise of Jeremy Lin on the NBA basketball scene averaged a solid $11, 444 per screen in box office revenue in just 9 theaters on its opening weekend, according to Deadline.
Overall it took in $103,000 and was also the number 1 documentary on iTunes all weekend.
Linsanity opens in Boston, Honolulu and Philadelphia as well as Taiwan this weekend.
“Jeremy represents something that we’ve never really had in our community,” Leong told the Christian Post. “He represents a cross-over in the mass media. We have our own role models, our own heroes, but this is a hero that transcended race, transcended culture, transcended sports and even religion.”
What struck Leong most about Lin was his strong faith. Lin, he says, just didn’t open the bible on Sundays. It was part of his daily routine and the filmmaker says that faith rubbed off on him as well.
“You know Jeremy himself would say, this was the perfect storm and the perfect plan for all these things to happen all at once. And that’s what for me, just really strengthened my faith. There are these things, that do exist, you know, miracles do exist, we just have to look for them.”
You can read about why Leong decided to make this documentary, how he thinks Lin has handled the spotlight and what he remembers most about the incredible run Lin had that February two seasons ago with the New York Knicks in the Christian Post.