Sound of Freedom Breaks Hollywood Record, Surpasses $85 Million: A ‘Summer Sensation’

Sound of Freedom Breaks Hollywood Record, Surpasses $85 Million: A ‘Summer Sensation’

The faith-centered movie Sound of Freedom continued its triumphant run in the second weekend, and it achieved a remarkable box-office feat along the way.

The film from Angel Studios amassed an estimated $27 million this weekend, marking a remarkable 37 percent increase from its opening weekend. It’s a rare occurrence in the film industry, where movies usually experience a decline in revenue from weekend to weekend.

According to data at BoxOfficeMojo.com, Sound of Freedom became the first wide-release movie (with 2,500-plus theaters) to gain box-office traction during the busy summer movie season in its second weekend. Previously, the record was held by the 1997 movie George of the Jungle, which fell 20.2 percent.

In comparison, Sound of Freedom’s second weekend outperformed summer blockbusters like Shrek (2001, plus 0.3 percent), Finding Nemo (2003, minus 33 percent), and Jurassic World (2015, minus 49 percent).

The remarkable 37 percent increase places it at No. 9 for the smallest second-weekend drops in box-office history, with the top eight spots being occupied by Christmas releases.

To date, Sound of Freedom has grossed an impressive $85 million, securing the second spot for the weekend box office, just behind Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

The film sheds light on the atrocities of child sex trafficking, striking a chord with audiences and supporters alike. Senior Vice President of Global Distribution at Angel Studios, Jared Geesey, attributes the film’s success to the unwavering support of millions of fans, turning Sound of Freedom into a national and soon-to-be international movement for change.

Gaining momentum in the second weekend is uncommon, even for major hits. For example, this year’s highest-grossing film, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, experienced a 37 percent drop in its second weekend, while the 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Endgame saw a 58.7 percent decline in week two.

With only one other wide-release film (Puss in Boots: The Last Wish) achieving a second-weekend gain in 2022, and none in 2019, Sound of Freedom’s accomplishment stands out as a remarkable achievement.

Brandon Purdie, head of theatrical distribution for Angel Studios, noted that prior to Sound of Freedom, only ten wide-release films in box-office history had experienced a second-weekend increase greater than 35 percent over their opening weekend. Most of these occurrences were during the film-friendly Christmas season, offering studios the advantage of back-to-back holidays to attract audiences.

Box office analyst Luiz Fernando tweeted about Sound of Freedom being a “SUMMER phenomenon at US #BoxOffice!” and predicted it may reach an astounding $150 million to $200 million US run (unexplored territory for such movies).

The PG-13 film portrays the true story of Tim Ballard, a government agent who left his job at the Department of Homeland Security to dedicate his life to rescuing children from sex trafficking in other countries. Jim Caviezel takes on the role of Ballard, delivering a powerful performance that resonates with audiences worldwide.