By Adam B. Vary
July 04, 2009 at 04:55 AM EDT

It’s a real horse race, box office fans! After trailing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on Wednesday, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen nosed past the CG animated film on Thursday, grossing an estimated $11.5 million for the day to reclaim the top spot against Ice Age 3‘s $11.1 million, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. But the kiddie film still leads the Michael Bay juggernaut in the overall gross for the ongoing five-day July 4 weekend, with Manny the Woolly Mammoth banking $24.9 million to Optimus Prime’s $22.5 million. The Johnny Depp gangster drama Public Enemies, meanwhile, took in another $6.7 million for third place, bringing its two-day total to $14.8 million. Check back here throughout the weekend for more updates.