Several movie reporters spent the weekend writing obituaries for Adam Sandler. Not the actor. Just his career. Pixels, the comedians latest feature, opened to a soft $24 million. This after The Cobbler tanked, and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children -- co-starring Sandler -- earned $705,908. Total. Also, most Sandler movies not named Grown Ups tend to underperform.

Well, we here at CinemaBlend aren’t quite ready to write Mr. Happy Gilmore off just yet. So we got together as a staff and answered five important questions about Sandler and his career. Starting with:

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Will Adam Sandler Ever Have Another Live Action Hit?
Eric Eisenberg: Adam Sandler is pretty far gone, but I don’t think it is too late yet for him to pull himself out of the trap that his career has become. It’s really just all about the material that he’s choosing. All it takes is for him to really challenge himself with an interesting, complex comedy, and get a positive buzz from critics. I’m willing to bet that there is a lot of cache in "Adam Sandler finally made a great movie again," and could definitely generate ticket sales.

Brent McKnight: Sure, Adam Sandler isn’t the hit factory he was once upon a time in his career. Yet, while some of his recent movies have tanked, he’s not automatic box office poison. It was only 2013 where he had a big success with Grown Ups 2. While it may have been critically panned, it still made nearly $250 million worldwide. At least as far as movie-going audiences go, there appears to be some gas left in the tank, even if he’s not an instant draw anymore.

Sean O’Connell: Yeah, I have to agree with the guys in saying that there’s never a right time to count Adam Sandler out. He plays to his base very well in the Grown Ups movies and he’s cultivating a younger crowd with movies like Pixels. All he needs to do is wake up and give a damn, just a little, and he could surprise people with a massive hit. It likely would mean shedding his collaborative writers and finding an inspired director, but there’s now way a hit for Adam Sandler is out of the realm of possibility.

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