Jim Caviezel stars in Angel Studio’s “Sound of Freedom.”
Amazon Prime Video has secured the rights to one of the hottest box office releases of 2023: “Sound of Freedom” from Angel Studios.
The Jim Caviezel-led thriller raked in more than $180 million at the domestic box office during its run, outpacing major studio films such as “The Flash,” with a budget of just $14.5 million. It also grossed nearly $250 million worldwide.
The film will be released on Prime Video in the United States starting December 26. Neither company has commented on the financial details of the streaming deal.
“Sound of Freedom,” which tells the story of a real government agent who quits his job to save a young girl from sex traffickers in Colombia, captured the public’s attentionattracting moviegoers week after week after its $14.2 million opening over the July 4 holiday weekend.
Part of the box office success of “Sound of Freedom” was due to a campaign by the filmmakers to encourage moviegoers to purchase tickets that could be claimed online for future screenings by those who may not have one. not the means. Angel Studios calls the model “pay it forward.”
That’s not the only unique thing the studio did for the film. Angel Studios actually used its crowdfunding model to raise $5 million to distribute the film after 20th Century Fox, which previously owned the rights, was acquired by the group. Walt Disney Co. and suspended its release. Filming for “Sound of Freedom” wrapped in 2018.
The sex trafficking thriller struck a chord with older audiences, many of whom haven’t returned to the movies since before. the Covid-19 pandemic. It also became popular in conservative political circles. Former President Donald Trump hosted a private screening of the film at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, over the summer.
Angel Studios, which has become known for its faith-based content, has a wide variety of projects under its belt. The studio is expected to release a sci-fi thriller titled “The Shift” in December and a biographical drama titled “Cabrini” in March.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of “pay it forward” tickets Angel Studios had sold for “Sound of Freedom.”
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