By Brendan Swift

The $7 million Australian romantic-comedy South Solitary has posted just over $132,000 in its opening weekend at cinemas.

The film, written and directed by Shirley Barrett and starring Miranda Otto, was released across 36 screens by Icon, posting a screen average of just $3673.

Christopher Nolan's pyschological thriller Inception held its number one position, taking $5.99 million in its second weekend across 413 screens. Its screen average of $14,440 also topped the charts with the film's total box office now standing at $16.33 million.

Australian director Robert Luketic's big budget Hollywood comedy, Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, opened in second place with $2.05 million across 253 screens. Its screen average was a healthy $8105.

Among other Australian fare, The Waiting City added another $77,130 across 31 screens in its third week.It has now taken just over $470,400.

Crime drama Animal Kingdom has almost finished its theatrical run after nine weeks, adding another $95,933 across 74 screens. The DVD and Blu-ray DVD will be released on October 13 by Madman.

Meanwhile, New Zealand dramatic comedy Second Hand Wedding opened with $13,680 across 19 screens in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania over the weekend. The film opens in Queensland on August 12.

Australian films at the box office 2010

Film
 Budget
 Distributor
 Opening w/e
 Box Office
Bran Nue Dae
$6.5m
Roadshow
$1,612,102
$7,565,476
The Kings of Mykonos
$6m est.
Paramount/Transmission
$1,828,902
$4,894,250
Animal Kingdom
$5m est.
Madman
$604,139
$4,641,963
Beneath Hill 60
$9.5m
Paramount/Transmission
$548,694
$3,194,417
Daybreakers
$20m est.
Hoyts
$1,064,244
$2,448,050
I Love You Too
$6m
Roadshow
$113,483
$2,359,478
Bright Star
$16.7m est.
Roadshow/Hopscotch
$2,157,601
The Waiting City
$2m est.
Hopscotch
$136,892
$470,409
Accidents Happen
$6.5m est.
Hopscotch
$39,721
$156,350
South Solitary
$7m est
Icon
$132,240
$136,947
Love, Lust & Lies
Beyond Entertainment
$20,674
$136,595
Lou
Kojo Pictures
$27,371
$59,292
Girl Clock!
$1m
Self-distributed
$8,857
$43,434
Separation City
$4.8m
Hoyts
$15,278
$32,159
Second Hand Wedding
Potential
$13,680
$13,680
Triangle
$8m est.
Icon
$6,081
$11,282
Going Vertical
The Pack/Blue Sea Films
$3,879
$9,699
Savages Crossing
$3.5m
MediaKin/GAP
$4,432
$8,651
Playing For Charlie
The Pack
$2,665
$5,867
The Horseman
Umbrella Entertainment
$2,270
$2,895

Source: MPDAA, INSIDEFILM. Separation City and Second Hand Wedding are NZ films. Bright Star released Dec 26, 2009; tally does not include 2009 box office.

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