Angel Studios’ PAY IT FORWARD Technology Propels SOUND OF FREEDOM to #1 Movie in America July 4th

Inspiring, True-Life Thriller Projecting over $14 Million—$11.5 from Direct Box Office and $2.6 from PAY IT FORWARD Tickets Sold—Through July 4th Holiday

Debuted in over 2,600 Theaters, A+ Cinemascore to Further Boost Film, Predicts Studio. 85% RT, 99% Audience

Provo, UT—July 5, 2023—Updated February 15, 2024

Angel Studios–a platform and studio empowering filmmakers to crowdfund, create, and distribute films and TV series globally, backed by thousands of Angel investors–is announcing its July 4 opening results for SOUND OF FREEDOM. The Jim Caviezel driven film achieved the #1 spot on its opening day with the film kicking off its wide US release. 

“Thanks to fans around the country, SOUND OF FREEDOM earned the top spot as America’s number one movie on Independence Day. We’ve received numerous messages telling us theaters are either packed or sold out. This movie has now taken on a life of its own to become something more than that, a grassroots movement,” said Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios. “With an A+ CinemaScore rating, we’re the top-rated movie in America, and we’re going to see word-of-mouth spread even further going into the weekend. The world needs to see SOUND OF FREEDOM, and we know that our biggest competitive advantage—our incredible fans and investors—are going to make sure that happens.”

Sound of Freedom Pay it Forward

SOUND OF FREEDOM: Studio Reported July 4th Results

  • Theater count: 2,634

  • Direct Box Office through 7/4: $11,563,260  

  • Pay it Forward Tickets Sold through 7/4: $2,678,803

  • 7/4 Total: $14,242,063    

SOUND OF FREEDOM: Audience Scores

  • CinemaScore: A+

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 85/99 

PAY IT FORWARD is patent-pending technology from Angel Studios, which empowers moviegoers to purchase tickets for other people whom they want to see a particular film. It was first launched in theaters for the Angel Studios movie HIS ONLY SON in March, 2023. PAY IT FORWARD for SOUND OF FREEDOM has exceeded Angel Studios expectations. For more information, go to

SOUND OF FREEDOM is based upon the true story of former government agent Tim Ballard who quit his job to rescue a little girl from sex traffickers in the Colombian jungle. In the process, Tim ended up saving 123 people, 55 of which were children, from one mission alone.


About Angel Studios: Angel Studios is the home of stories that amplify light. Through its platform, thousands of  “Angel” investors choose which titles will be created, funded, and distributed. Angel Studios allows creators and audiences to form passionate communities around their creative projects, making the story behind the story as important as the final project itself. The studios’ first projects—The Chosen and Dry Bar Comedy—have earned billions of views around the world. Learn more at