Assassination Nation and Life Itself flounder as two of the worst wide releases of the year.

So far, 2018 was proving to be quite the year of box office returns, with almost every weekend tracking ahead of previous years. Well, good things have to come to an end, right? This weekend, with the release of The House with a Clock in Its Walls (#1), Life Itself (#11), and Assassination Nation (#15), marked one of the worst overall box office weekends of the year.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment scored the top spot of the weekend with the debut of The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a family adventure film starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. The film earned mixed reviews from critics, but still managed to outperform Black's 2015 similar release, Goosebumps. The film opened in over 3,500 screens, including 400 IMAX screens. Screenings on IMAX were preceded by a well-publicized showing of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Lionsgate's A Simple Favor (#2) brought in great second-week business, drawing around $10 million for a total of $32.56 million in its run, so far. And, Warner Bros.' The Nun (#3) crossed the $100 million mark, domestically, over the weekend.

As for new wide release films outside of the number one spot, Michael Moore's documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9 (#8), opened with just $3.1 million. It's the 15th largest opening for a documentary ever, but still dismal considering Moore's past history with stellar documentary box office numbers.

Amazon's Life Itself, helmed by the creator of "This Is Us" and the subject of a beleaguered dispute with critics, did not deliver. The film opened to just $2.1 million from 2,600 theaters. It is the second worst opening weekend of all-time for a film debuting in over 2,500 locations. The film spent part of the year as an anticipated title, thanks to the success of "This Is Us" and the film's acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival for $10 million.

Even worse off, Assassination Nation earned just $1 million in 1,400 theaters. Directed by Sam Levinson, the film was a festival favorite earlier this year andNeon, the distributor, is still hoping a Heathers or Spring Breakers audience will find it over the next few weeks.

Hopeful Oscar players are beginning to release in limited, as this weekend saw Colette (#26) and The Sisters Brothers (#27) perform well on just four screens each.

Leaving the Top Ten this week are Pure Flix's Unbroken: Path to Redemption (#12) after just one week of release and the summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#13).

And, next week, competition arrives with the animated film Smallfoot, opening in over 4,000 theaters, horror film Hell Fest, and comedy Night School. Pinnacle Peak, a division of Pure Flix (the studio behind God's Not Dead), will also release Little Women, starring Lea Thompson.


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2. A SIMPLE FAVOR - $10.4 million

3. THE NUN - $10.25 million

4. THE PREDATOR - $8.7 million

5. CRAZY RICH ASIANS - $6.5 million

6. WHITE BOY RICK - $5 million

7. PEPPERMINT - $3.72 million

8. FAHRENHEIT 11/9 - $3.1 million

9. THE MEG - $2.35 million

10. SEARCHING - $2.175 million

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