Jim Caviezel stars in Angel Studio’s “Sound of Freedom.”
Amazon Prime Video has secured the rights to one among the most popular box office releases of 2023: Angel Studios’ “Sound of Freedom.”
The Jim Caviezel-led thriller snared greater than $180 million on the domestic box office during its run, outpacing big studio movies comparable to “The Flash,” on a budget of just $14.5 million. It also made nearly $250 million worldwide.
The film will stream on Prime Video within the U.S. starting Dec. 26. Neither company commented on the financial details of the streaming deal.
“Sound of Freedom,” which tells the story of a real-life government agent who quit his job to rescue a young girl from sex traffickers in Colombia, captured audience attention, luring back moviegoers week after week after its $14.2 million opening over the July 4 holiday weekend.
A part of “Sound of Freedom’s” box-office success was as a consequence of a campaign from filmmakers to induce moviegoers to purchase tickets that will be claimed online for future screenings by those that may not give you the option to afford them. Angel Studios calls the model “pay it forward.”
That is not the one unique thing the studio did for the film. Angel Studios actually used its crowdfunding model to lift $5 million to distribute the film after twentieth Century Fox, which previously held the rights to it, was bought by the Walt Disney Co. and shelved its release. “Sound of Freedom” wrapped filming in 2018.
The anti-sex trafficking thriller has struck a chord with older audiences, a lot of whom haven’t been back to theaters since before the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also grow to be popular in conservative political circles. Former President Donald Trump hosted a private screening of the film at his Bedminster, Recent Jersey, golf club over the summer.
Angel Studios, which has grow to be known for its faith-based content, has a wide range of projects on the docket going forward. The studio is about to release a sci-fi thriller called “The Shift” in December and a biographical drama called “Cabrini” in March.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated what number of “pay it forward” tickets Angel Studios sold for “Sound of Freedom.”
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