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On the Lot: Hollywood reacts to theater shooting




Adam Sandler failed to draw big audiences to Pixels, a tribute to video games past.
Adam Sandler failed to draw big audiences to Pixels, a tribute to video games past.
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Once again, gunfire rang out inside a movie theater.  This time it was in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Two patrons and the shooter were left dead.

After the shooting, last Thursday, there were concerns that people might stay away from the movies this weekend.  But there's little they did.  Even though box office dropped a bit compared to the same weekend a year ago, that was what most analysts expected, given the limited appeal of films like Adam Sandler's Pixel, and Paper Towns, based on the young adult novel.

Which left Ant-Man to nibble on the left-overs and finish at the top for the second week running. And left many Hollywood wags wondering if Adam Sandler, who capped off a long run of stinkers with Pixel, can still be considered a movie star.

Rebecca Keegan writes about film for the LA Times and joins us on Monday's for On the Lot