Heard about this one from Jeff Ward on Our Little Show. I love the irony present in a theory like this:
Instead of fueling up at bars and then roaming around looking for trouble, potential criminals pass the prime hours for mayhem eating popcorn and watching celluloid villains slay in their stead.
Crime is not merely delayed until after the credits run, they say. On the Monday and Tuesday after packed weekend showings of violent films, no spike in violent crime emerges to compensate for the peaceful hours at the movies. Even a few weeks later, there is no evidence of a compensating resurgence, they say.
Look for those mother hens (ran across them before) who are just convinced that violence in film creates real violence to poo-poo this study and claim that economists can’t really study individual behavior.
Oh, wait. I think the comments at digg already reflect this.