How to Please a Woman makes nearly a million in opening week

Renee Webster's Australian sex comedy has overcome performance anxiety, launching successfully in tough conditions.

This past weekend, How To Please a Woman, written and directed by Renee Webster, produced by Tania Chambers and Judi Levine, opened on 294 Australian screens, supported by Madman. It made just under $1 million, of which $501,000 came over the weekend.

Read: Our review of How to Please a Woman

The Drover’s Wife, the Outback Western from Leah Purcell, opened three weeks ago with $267,000 off 81 screens and is now up to $663,000 after adding 46 screens to reach 126 and sustaining its take over last weekend. Time will tell if it is a true slow burner.

Read: Our review of The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

How to Please a Woman opened at number three on the box office chart, beaten by Dr Strange In The Multiverse of Madness which took $3.8m in week three for a total of $32.75m in Australia. 

Read: Our review of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Downton Abbey: A New Era was at number two this weekend, making $579,000 for a total of $6.6m so far. The Lost City has taken $15.2m over six weeks, while Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has made $21.75m in eight weeks. 

Read: Our review of Downton Abbey: A New Era

By contrast, Operation Mincemeat has seized $1.47m in two weeks. Fantastic Beasts continues to raise money with $18.2m in seven week, though it is pretty well done with $187,000 this last weekend. 

Read: JK Rowling betrayed us but I’ll still watch Fantastic Beasts

The Northman is now at the smaller end of the international rampage with $3.44m in four weeks, down to $187,000 this weekend. Mildly religious Father Stu never really got going – its 146 screens took $94,000, and it has made $352,000 in two weekends.

Read: Our review of The Northman

We continue to be fascinated by Everything, Everywhere, All at Once which is sliding very slowly downhill in weekend six. It has made $4.28m so far and may last for some weeks.

Read: Our review of Everything, Everywhere All at Once

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, out for three weeks, lost more than half its screens last weekends to appear in 32 locations and take $28,000 over the weekend. It has made $1.63m so far.

Next weekend will bring Top Gun: Maverick which is expected to crush all before it.

Read: Our review of Top Gun: Maverick

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.