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Thor: Love and Thunder sets unwanted record with big box-office drop

But does it really matter?

Thor: Love and Thunder has just broken one of Marvel's own records at the box office – this time, however, it's not necessarily the kind of record you want to break.

Following its impressive opening weekend raking in $144 million from cinema-goers, Forbes is reporting that Taika Waititi's Ragnarok follow-up has suffered a drop in earnings of 68% in its second weekend.

While $46 million is certainly not to be sniffed at, fact fans will be keen to know that the dip in takings makes Thor: Love and Thunder the first MCU movie to see such a decline.

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As per Scott Mendelson's analysis, Love and Thunder pipped Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Black Widow to the disappointing record post, after those titles saw a 67% drop in weekend earnings.

It's not all bad news, however. Love and Thunder is still predicted to outdo Ragnarok's performance at the box office. It's looking likely to take around $325 million in the US, a cool four million uptick compared to the third movie when adjusted for inflation.

Meanwhile, in other Thor-related news, Taika Waititi recently explained why guest stars Jeff Goldblum and Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey failed to make the final Love and Thunder cut.

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Confirming that their respective scenes had been scrapped from the movie, Taika said: "When you go into the edit you just never know.

"A scene on its own could be the most funniest thing or intriguing thing, but sometimes those things if you keep them in will just make the movie screech to a halt," he argued. "So you have to do what's best for the film."

Fans won't be getting any deleted scenes, either. "I don't want people to see the deleted scenes because they're deleted for a reason: they aren't good enough," Taika added.

"The scenes were not in the movie, and that's it."

Thor: Love and Thunder is out now in cinemas. The other three Thor movies are available to stream now on Disney+.

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