I had no idea The Simpsons Movie would be so popular in Australia, but there it sits on top of Variety's chart for the past week, pulling in $30,505 per screen for a total estimate of $13.4 million, dwarfing all other returns. But what about local fare? Adventure picture Lucky Milesdid very nicely at $5,830 per screen, dropping just 6% in its second week of limited engagements. Director Michael James Rowland's feature debut follows three refugees from Iraq, Cambodia and Indonesia as they cross the harsh desert on foot. The reviews have been favorable for this amiable, surprising comedy. The trailers (available at the official site) seem to give a good feel for the film.

On the other hand, Goneis already, er, gone. In its second week of release, it dropped a phenomenal 82% from the previous week and earned just $310 per screen. Gone is a classic international co-production, involving companies from Australia, France, the UK, and the US, and centered around a British couple (Shaun Evans and Amelia Warner) and an American (Scott Mechlowicz). It's set in the Australian outback, and local playwright Andrew Upton re-worked the script, according to Sandra Hall's review in the Sydney Morning Herald, but audiences have stayed away in droves.

The local box office champ so far this year is domestic drama Romulus, My Father, which has made more than two million dollars in nine weeks, placing #21 in accumulated earnings. (Shrek the Third is at the top with more than $28 million.) Romulus follows the evolving relationship of Eric Bana and Franka Potente as parents of a young son. The son grew up to be philosopher Raimond Gaita and the film is based on his memoir. A classy trailer can be viewed at the official site.Romulus doesn't yet appear to have US distribution; it will screen at the upcoming Toronto film festival in September.