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30 years later, ‘Cobra’ still one of decade’s worst box office winners

How can one of the most panned action movies of the ‘80s be a box office king? Don’t ask me. Ask Marion “Cobra” Cobretti.

Cobra starred Sylvester Stallone, who also wrote the screenplay that was based loosely on a novel by Paula Gosling called Fair Game. Released May 23, 1986, Cobra is the movie that Stallone wanted to make when he was slated to play the title role in Beverly Hills Cop, before it thankfully became a comedy. Humor’s not the only thing Cobra is missing.

Clever dialog, an interesting plot and a reason to exist are also MIA in Cobra, a film that clearly earns its 13 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was nominated for SIX Razzie Awards, pretty much dominating all the main categories. Even Roger Ebert had the good sense not to bother reviewing this disaster.

And despite all that, Cobra was a box-office champ. It finished top at the box office on its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $160 million. Perhaps there’s a Rocky-sized lesson to be learned here? You don’t need to be the best to beat the best.


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