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How SOUND OF FREEDOM Producer ‘Pray[ed] For A Miracle’

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How SOUND OF FREEDOM Producer ‘Pray[ed] For A Miracle’

By Movieguide® Contributor

SOUND OF FREEDOM is one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, taking in over $85 million at the box office after just a week in theaters. 

“All the experts in Hollywood [told] us that this is not a good film for them, that nobody will go see this film,” producer Eduardo Verástegui said of the years-long journey SOUND OF FREEDOM took to get to the big screen

The movie was written in 2015 and filming wrapped in 2018, but distribution deals with 20th Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company fell through. 

“After praying to God for a miracle to happen for this film, please send an angel to rescue this film, Angel Studios rescued this film and, because of them, millions of people are seeing this film in these ten days, more than 5 million people showed up in theaters, and I can’t believe that this is happening,” Verástegui explained. “I feel like I’m dreaming. This is the American dream. I’m holding the American dream right now. It’s all glory to God. This is a miracle.”

On its first day in theaters, SOUND OF FREEDOM outperformed INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY, with Faithwire reporting that it made “$14.2 million on opening day, while INDIANA JONES made $11.7 million” the same day. 

Star Jim Caviezel called SOUND OF FREEDOM “phenomenal,” adding, “Our film — I knew we could beat anyone in the world [at the box office].”

The movie has been so successful that Angel Studios recently announced that SOUND OF FREEDOM would be shown in 450 additional theaters around the country. Movieguide® reported:

Angel Studios has just announced 450 new theaters will be showing SOUND OF FREEDOM this weekend.

“We understand there are rumors — predominantly in social media — that AMC theaters have made it difficult for fans to see SOUND of FREEDOM in local AMC theaters, and we want to make it clear these rumors are not accurate,” Brandon Purdie, Head of Angel Theatrical Distribution, said in a statement about the expanded theatrical run. 

Purdie refuted those claims, writing, “AMC has been an outstanding partner for Angel Studios, and in fact, as a result of the movieʼs performance and consumer demand, AMC has agreed to add additional screens for SOUND OF FREEDOM this weekend.

A portion of the Movieguide® review reads:

SOUND OF FREEDOM is gripping and heartbreaking, but hope-giving. The movie sheds light on the need for strong people to stand up for God’s children around the world who are caught in the vicious, abusive system of sex trafficking. SOUND OF FREEDOM has a strong Christian, moral worldview that promotes sacrifice and the message that “God’s children are not for sale.” MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong and extreme caution for the movie’s mature subject matter, implied and depicted violence, and abuse of children.

 

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