- Sound of Freedom has become a surprise box office hit, surpassing several major 2023 movies, thanks to a Pay It Forward campaign and a 100% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- The movie has already made over $124 million at the domestic box office, beating movies like Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Scream VI, and The Flash.
- Even though Sound of Freedom hasn’t been released internationally yet, its box office has remained strong despite increased competition from other movies targeting different audiences.
Sound of Freedom‘s box office continues to rise, and it has already beaten several major 2023 movies. The movie starring Jim Caviezel released in theaters in July 2023 without much marketing heading in and with little expectations for the child trafficking story to leave a huge mark on moviegoers. However, thanks to a Pay It Forward campaign to help give people free tickets and a 100% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Sound of Freedom has become one of the surprise box office hits of the year. The result is that the movie has managed to beat a surprising amount of bigger movies released this year.
As of the time of this writing, how much money Sound of Freedom has made at the box office stands at over $124 million. The total comes completely from the domestic box office, as the movie has not been released internationally. Sound of Freedom‘s box office has not even slowed that much as increased competition from Barbie, Oppenheimer, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and others have come out since it targets a different audience. Since one of the other box office stories of 2023 is the number of big-budget high-profile movies underperforming, Sound of Freedom has beaten several major movies.
10 No Hard Feelings
Sony’s R-rated comedy No Hard Feelings is one of the movies that Sound of Freedom‘s box office has beaten. The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence has a modest performance financially that has seen it make $49.2 million domestically and $82.6 million total worldwide. Both figures are well below what Sound of Freedom has made to this point. This is notable considering the difference in star power that these two movies hold and No Hard Feelings‘ raunchy nature hoping to draw in adult audiences. While No Hard Feelings‘ box office is already trailing off after a month in theaters, Sound of Freedom is still going strong.
Ben Affleck’s Air is another example of the 2023 movies surpassed by Sound of Freedom at the box office. The movie about Nike’s pursuit to recruit Michael Jordan stars Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Affleck, and others and received very positive reviews. The movie distributed by Amazon made $52.4 million domestically and $89.9 million worldwide, which are both well below the smaller story distributed by Angel Studios. Considering Air‘s box office run is already complete and the movie is now streaming on Prime Video, the Nike-branded movie falling below Sound of Freedom‘s box office success is surprising.
8 Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ box office has also been beaten by Sound of Freedom domestically. The DC Universe sequel only made $57.6 million domestically after the 2019 original made $140M in the U.S. and $367.7M worldwide. Shazam 2‘s domestic box office total is well below what Sound of Freedom has made, which is quite surprising considering the former is a superhero movie and a sequel to a popular first installment. Currently, Sound of Freedom‘s box office has not beaten Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ worldwide total of $133.8 million, but that is likely to change based on how well it is still performing.
7 Cocaine Bear
Another example of Sound of Freedom‘s box office beating 2023 movies comes with Cocaine Bear. The movie loosely based on a true story made itself a cult hit thanks to it earning $64.3 million domestically and $87.6 million worldwide. While that performance is pretty good for a movie with Cocaine Bear‘s budget, it still pales in comparison to Sound of Freedom‘s earnings. The latter has nearly doubled the former domestically alone. There is still nearly a $40M difference in their box office totals when looking at their worldwide totals, which is very impressive considering Sound of Freedom has not been released overseas.
6 Evil Dead Rise
2023 has been a great year for horror movies at the box office, and Evil Dead Rise is one of the many examples of this success. The movie finished its theatrical run after making $146.7 million worldwide. This comes after a $67.2 million domestic and $79.5 million international split. Sound of Freedom‘s box office has not beaten Evil Dead Rise‘s box office total yet, but it did easily surpass its domestic total. For the two movies dealing with the battle between good and evil on some level, Tim Ballard’s story captivated the audience’s attention even more than the latest entry in Sam Raimi’s horror franchise.
5 Insidious: The Red Door
Insidious: The Red Door‘s box office is another example of the 2023 movies Sound of Freedom has outgrossed. The fifth entry in the Insidious franchise has become one of the more successful entries at the box office after earning over $155 million worldwide. While that number is higher than Sound of Freedom‘s box office, the domestic totals swing the comparison back in favor of the child trafficking movie. Insidious 5 has made $71.1 million domestically as of the time of this writing. That is a difference of over $50 million and shows how Sound of Freedom‘s box office beat another major 2023 movie in Insidious: The Red Door.
4 Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has also been beaten by Sound of Freedom‘s box office domestically. The reboot movie based on the popular tabletop role-playing game received great reviews and had star power behind it with Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez. Dungeons & Dragons‘ box office surpassed $208 million worldwide before the movie moved to streaming, but the domestic total was $93.2 million. This means that Sound of Freedom outearned Dungeons & Dragons by over $30 million and counting at the domestic box office.
M3GAN was the first major surprise box office hit of 2023. The killer A.I. doll danced, sang, and slayed its way to make $179.8 million worldwide for Universal, which is well above Sound of Freedom‘s impressive box office total. However, the domestic and international splits come out to $95 million versus $84.8 million. That means that Sound of Freedom beat M3GAN at the domestic 2023 box office by a substantial margin. There is roughly $30 million separating the two movies as of the time of this writing, and that gap is sure to increase as long as people keep paying for and using the Sound of Freedom free tickets.
2 The Flash
The Flash is arguably the most surprising 2023 movie Sound of Freedom beat at the box office. The movie was said to be one of the greatest superhero movies ever and involved big multiverse characters as Warner Bros. hoped to reset the DC Universe with it. However, The Flash‘s box office flopped and has made it one of the biggest bombs in Hollywood history. The movie has made $267.9 million worldwide, which is significantly more than Sound of Freedom, but only $107.5 million came domestically. That is nearly $20 million less than what Sound of Freedom‘s box office has made to this point.
1 Scream VI
The most recent example of Sound of Freedom‘s box office beating major 2023 movies came with Scream 6. The horror movie sequel was a big hit earlier in the year as it made over $168 million worldwide, and an impressive $108 million of that total came from domestic audiences alone. While that was enough for Paramount to begin working on a sequel, the latest great weekend for Sound of Freedom at the box office means that Scream 6‘s domestic total has been surpassed too. The next stop will be trying to overtake the movie’s worldwide total, which could be a challenge.