LOS ANGELES (AP) – The epic battle tale “Kingdom of Heaven” fought its way to the top of the box office, taking in $20 million in its debut weekend.

The film by “Gladiator” director Ridley Scott features heartthrob Orlando Bloom as a warrior in Jerusalem between the Second and Third Crusades.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Kingdom of Heaven,” $20 million.

2. “House of Wax,” $12.2 million.

3. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” $9.1 million.

4. “Crash,” $9.1 million.

5. “The Interpreter,” $7.5 million.

6: “XXX: State of the Union,” $5.4 million.

7. “The Amityville Horror,” $3.2 million.

8. “Sahara,” $3.1 million.

9. “A Lot Like Love,” $3 million.

10. “Fever Pitch,” $2 million.


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