“Ragnarok” Beats Estimates With Stellar Box-Office

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” shattered expectations and early estimates as the film opened this weekend to a reported $121 million domestic haul. Additionally it pulled in a further $151.4 million overseas with its worldwide gross now standing at a massive $427 million.

The domestic opening was the ninth-biggest opening weekend for a Marvel Studios film, and the fourth-highest domestic opening weekend of the year. The film will pass the original $449.3M total gross of the first “Thor” in the next day or so, and likely pass the $644.5M gross of “Thor: The Dark World” by next weekend.

The grosses come as the film’s director Taika Waititi has revealed that the film almost included a flashback to adolescent versions of Thor and Loki in a 1980s-style version of Asgard. He explained details about the sequence to Happy Sad Confused podcast:

“I wanted this little thing, and maybe if we ever do a Thor 4 we can have it, but I wanted to do some flashbacks where Thor was a kid, a fat little kid. There was like an 80s version of Asgard where everyone had massive shoulder pads, and everyone had mullets (laughs)… [Thor] is just this pudgy little kid walking around with a mullet and being picked on by other kids. And Loki’s like this little emo goth hanging out by himself. He was like [Malfoy] in Harry Potter.”

Waititi explains that the scene in question didn’t fit in with what they needed to accomplish for the rest of the story and it became more and more unnecessary as the film’s story involved. “Thor: Ragnarok” is now playing in cinemas everywhere.