According to The Hollywood Reporter, While 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven easily topped the charts on its debut this weekend, the historical epic from director Ridley Scott led a somewhat lethargic charge at the domestic boxoffice as the period piece conquered an estimated $20 million.

Warners' House of Wax scared up an estimated $12.2 million to place second on its debut. The R-rated horror film, inspired by the Vincent Price classic from 1953, was produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment and stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton.

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The third wide release this weekend, another R-rated picture, was Lions Gates' Crash, which tied for third place with Buena Vista's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as both films reported an estimated $9.1 million.

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