Any Questions For Ben opens mildly

Australian film Any Questions for Ben has opened with mild box office results over its opening weekend.

The film, directed by Rob Sitch for Working Dog Productions, took $609,000 across 235 screens for a screen average of $2,500.

It’s a disappointing first week for the Working Dog team who also wrote, directed and produced box office hit The Castle and The Dish.

The fast-paced romantic comedy follows Ben (Josh Lawson) as he suffers from a quarter-life crisis and struggles to keep a girlfriend for longer than a month. It also stars Rachael Taylor  and co-stars Daniel Henshall, Ed Kavalee, Felicity Ward and Lachy Hulme.

The cumulative total gross is $677,000. The film is distributed by Roadshow.

Meanwhile A Few Best Men, directed by Stephan Elliott, took $539,000 from 237 screens in its third week out, for a screen average of $2274, for a cumulative total of $4,669,000. A Few Best Men is distributed by Icon Films.

Elsewhere Shame, produced by See Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, and directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender had a minor release across 29 screens, taking 170,000 for a screen average of $5,878. The film was distributed by Transmission.

The film, a co-production with Film4, missed out on the Outstanding British Film category at the BAFTAs overnight. The award went to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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