‘Sound of Freedom’ Success Explained

Amid the hype over the cinematic double whammy of “Barbenheimer”, another movie has crept up in the box office rankings this summer: Sound of Freedom.

Directed and co-written by Alejandro Monteverde, Sound of Freedom is a low-budget action thriller about a U.S. federal agent who goes rogue on a mission to rescue children in Latin America from sex trafficking. Since its release on July 4, it’s raked in over $180 million at the domestic box office, outperforming big-budget features like Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and making it the highest-grossing indie film since 2019’s Parasite.

Billed as a story about the real-life Tim Ballard, a former special agent for t…