The record-setting movie Sound of Freedom is expanding into more than 20 international markets across four additional continents as it continues to enjoy momentum in the United States, Angel Studios announced Wednesday.
The faith-centric film, which finished No. 3 at the box office over the weekend and passed $125 million Monday in total gross, will expand into South Africa on Aug. 18 before opening in Australia and New Zealand on Aug. 24 and 17 other countries on Aug. 31. It launches in the United Kingdom and Ireland Sept. 1 and Spain Oct. 11.
“Since Sound of Freedom launched in the U.S., demand has been building around the world in dozens of regions and languages,” said Jared Geesey, senior vice president of global distribution for Angel Studios. “Child trafficking is a global issue, and we hope to build on the incredible momentum here in the States and share the film’s powerful message worldwide.”
The 17 countries it’s expanding into on Aug. 31 are Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica.
All total, it is expanding into 23 countries.
Sound of Freedom is the only wide release in Hollywood history to have a second-weekend increase greater than 35 percent at the summer box office. Movies typically decrease in revenue from their first weekend to their second weekend.
It opened at No. 1 on the Fourth of July and grabbed the top spot three more times.
The PG-13 film tells the true story of a government agent, Tim Ballard, who quit his job at the Department of Homeland Security so he could dedicate his life to rescuing children in other countries from sex trafficking. Jim Caviezel portrays Ballard.
It received an A+ CinemaScore grade from moviegoers. An incredible 41 percent of Sound of Freedom moviegoers say they plan to see it again, Purdie told Christian Headlines, quoting exit data.
Photo courtesy: ©Angel Studios, used with permission.
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.