Audience grows for Sound of Freedom’s anti-trafficking message


Amid a slate of summer blockbusters, “Sound of Freedom” continued its success at the box office, grossing more in its third weekend in theaters than in its first. The film about a mission to rescue children from human trafficking is nearing the $125 million mark three weeks after its July 4 release.

The movie is a hit with viewers, notching a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics, too, have been complimentary of the film, giving it a 74% approval rating on the same site. It earned an A+ CinemaScore calculated from viewer polling on opening night.

“Sound of Freedom has a message filled with hope that is inspiring audiences everywhere!” read a recent tweet from the film’s Twitter account. “We hope that this film can spark conversations and encourage people to help end trafficking in their own community.”

Written and directed by Alejandro Monteverde, the film is the story of Tim Ballard, a former Homeland Security agent and founder of an anti-trafficking organization. Jim Caviezel, star of “The Passion of the Christ” and its upcoming sequel, portrays Ballard, while Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino plays his wife, Katherine.

The movie is distributed by Angel Studios, the crowdsourced streaming platform behind several recent faith-based productions, including “The Chosen” TV series.

The film has faced some criticism related to its perceived political perspective, but Sorvino tweeted it is “not a political movie.” The actress, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, said the movie should compel viewers to join the fight to end human trafficking.

“Word continues to spread, and crowds are continuing to show up, which is how this film ended up doing more business in its third weekend than its first,” said Angel Studios’ Brandon Purdie in a release about the film’s success.

“As we begin to look toward the international box office, Angel Studios intends to continue to push here at home,” Purdie added. “We want every American to see this landmark film.”


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