Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ squeaks by ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ for no. 1 Friday

It looks like “Tomorrowland” may not have the liftoff Walt Disney Studios was expecting.  The Brad Bird family flick was expected to earn around $50 million over the four-day holiday weekend, but its Friday gross started the frame with just $9.73 million.  Granted, Saturday and Sunday matinees may surprise, but at this point it will be a fierce battle to take the four-day from last week's champ, “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Elizabeth Banks' hit flick earned another $9.7 million for $97.1 million in just eight days. The first “Pitch Perfect” grossed only $65 million.  The sequel will earn over double that figure.

Debuting in no. 3 was 20th Century Fox's remake of “Poltergeist” with $9.3 million.  It will be intriguing to see how the horror flick plays out as it earned just a C+ Cinemascore.  It may be one weekend and out for the reboot.

Dropping to no. 4 was “Mad Max: Fury Road” with another $6.7 million and $70.1 million since opening last Friday. Despite rave reviews and excellent word of mouth “Max” took a hit from “Poltergeist” and “Tomorrowland.” It could make up for it over the rest of the frame and take the third spot.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” dropped to no. 5 earning $5.3 million and $388.5 million domestically.  The Marvel Studios blockbuster should cross the $400 million mark by Monday and will be only the first film to reach that mark since “The Hunger Games: Catching” fire in 2013.  Globally, “Age of Ultron” has already grossed $1.1 billion.

Look for continuing box office updates all weekend long on HitFix.