Box Office: 'Let's Be Cops' Laughs Its Way to $5.2M Wednesday

The R-rated comedy stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson

Buddy action comedy Let's Be Cops narrowly topped the Wednesday box office with $5.2 million, a strong start  for stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson.

The 20th Century Fox film, costing a modest $17 million to make, could now earn $26 million to $28 million in its five-day debut. Wednesday's official number includes $1.2 million grossed late Tuesday night from early showings.

On Friday, two more films enter the fray; Expendables 3 and YA film adaptation The Giver.

However, holdover Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is widely expected to remain at No. 1 with $30 million or more in its second weekend. TMNT grossed $5.1 million Wednesday for an early domestic total of roughly $85 million.

Directed by Luke Greenfield, Let's Be Cops follows two friends who pretend to be Los Angeles police officers. Andy Garcia, Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, Keegan-Michael Key and James D'Arcy also star, with Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Greenfield producing. Greenfield wrote the script with Nicholas Thomas.

Fox has waged an aggressive screening program for the comedy, which didn't begin rolling out until 10 p.m. So far on Wednesday, the movie is within whispering distance of holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Updated Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m. with Wednesday box office results.