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Box office receipts for independent movies for the first [#permalink]
20 Oct 2012, 08:40

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Box office receipts for independent movies for the first half of this year have increased by 20 percent over the total receipts for independent movies for all of last year. Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released. The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true?

A) The total box office receipts for independent movies this year will be significantly more than 20 percent greater than the receipts for independent movies last year.

B) The number of independent movies released in the first half of this year is equal to the number released in the first half of last year.

C) The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year.

D) The average receipts for the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year.

E) The number of people seeing independent movies during the first half of this year is greater than the number who saw independent movies last year.

Re: Box office receipts for independent movies for the [#permalink]
20 Oct 2012, 12:32

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nitzz wrote:

Box office receipts for independent movies for the first half of this year have increased by 20 percent over the total receipts for independent movies for all of last year. Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released. The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true?

A) The total box office receipts for independent movies this year will be significantly more than 20 percent greater than the receipts for independent movies last year. Not necessarily. If every movie that is going to be released this year bombs badly and generates no receipts the difference wont be significantly higher than 20%.

B) The number of independent movies released in the first half of this year is equal to the number released in the first half of last year. Not necessarily. What if all the movies last year were released in the second half.

C) The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year. This might infact be even the opposite of what is implied by the passage and is also out of scope.

D) The average receipts for the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year. 50 movies were released last year. Lets say box office receipts was 100$, Average is 2$. 20 movies released this year. 20% increase in box office receipts. So 120$. Average is 6$. Answer

E) The number of people seeing independent movies during the first half of this year is greater than the number who saw independent movies last year.

Not necessarily. Ticket prices could have been hiked and hence the reason for increased receipts. _________________

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Re: Box office receipts for independent movies for the first [#permalink]
13 Dec 2012, 04:20

I narrowed it down to D and E Eliminated E as it says number of persons this year is more than last years ....may or may not be true because if a person likes the movies he will watch again hence the receipt will increase but not the number of different people who watched. though different is not mentioned but i assumed so.

Re: Box office receipts for independent movies for the first [#permalink]
13 Dec 2012, 06:51

I also thought the same as Archit did... I narrowed down my answer to D and E... Increase in the number of reciepts might be due to people watching those muvies again n again...so statement E is of 'could be true' type....and hence winner ir D all the way...

Re: Box office receipts for independent movies for the [#permalink]
13 Dec 2012, 09:11

MacFauz wrote:

nitzz wrote:

Box office receipts for independent movies for the first half of this year have increased by 20 percent over the total receipts for independent movies for all of last year. Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released. The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true?

A) The total box office receipts for independent movies this year will be significantly more than 20 percent greater than the receipts for independent movies last year. Not necessarily. If every movie that is going to be released this year bombs badly and generates no receipts the difference wont be significantly higher than 20%.

B) The number of independent movies released in the first half of this year is equal to the number released in the first half of last year. Not necessarily. What if all the movies last year were released in the second half.

C) The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year. This might infact be even the opposite of what is implied by the passage and is also out of scope.

D) The average receipts for the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year. 50 movies were released last year. Lets say box office receipts was 100$, Average is 2$. 20 movies released this year. 20% increase in box office receipts. So 120$. Average is 6$. Answer

E) The number of people seeing independent movies during the first half of this year is greater than the number who saw independent movies last year.

Not necessarily. Ticket prices could have been hiked and hence the reason for increased receipts.

Can you help me in understanding an argument? How to approach inference question? I always get confuse after seeing too much of fact. _________________

Re: Box office receipts for independent movies for the [#permalink]
13 Dec 2012, 09:29

Aristocrat wrote:

MacFauz wrote:

nitzz wrote:

Box office receipts for independent movies for the first half of this year have increased by 20 percent over the total receipts for independent movies for all of last year. Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released. The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true?

A) The total box office receipts for independent movies this year will be significantly more than 20 percent greater than the receipts for independent movies last year. Not necessarily. If every movie that is going to be released this year bombs badly and generates no receipts the difference wont be significantly higher than 20%.

B) The number of independent movies released in the first half of this year is equal to the number released in the first half of last year. Not necessarily. What if all the movies last year were released in the second half.

C) The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year. This might infact be even the opposite of what is implied by the passage and is also out of scope.

D) The average receipts for the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year. 50 movies were released last year. Lets say box office receipts was 100$, Average is 2$. 20 movies released this year. 20% increase in box office receipts. So 120$. Average is 6$. Answer

E) The number of people seeing independent movies during the first half of this year is greater than the number who saw independent movies last year.

Not necessarily. Ticket prices could have been hiked and hence the reason for increased receipts.

Can you help me in understanding an argument? How to approach inference question? I always get confuse after seeing too much of fact.

This one is not a typical inference question. It can be called an inference and numbers and percents question. For these types of questions, I find it helpful to break the facts given point by point and based on these facts we can check each answer choice.. Generally on inference questions I like to pick the mildest statement first and check if it is true based on the argument and more often than not, the mildest statement would be the right one. This question in particular can be approached as how one would approach a quant problem.. That is an easier way when lots of numbers and ratios are involved in the argument. _________________

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Re: Box office receipts for independent movies for the [#permalink]
13 Dec 2012, 23:24

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Aristocrat wrote:

MacFauz wrote:

nitzz wrote:

Box office receipts for independent movies for the first half of this year have increased by 20 percent over the total receipts for independent movies for all of last year. Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released. The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true?

A) The total box office receipts for independent movies this year will be significantly more than 20 percent greater than the receipts for independent movies last year. Not necessarily. If every movie that is going to be released this year bombs badly and generates no receipts the difference wont be significantly higher than 20%.

B) The number of independent movies released in the first half of this year is equal to the number released in the first half of last year. Not necessarily. What if all the movies last year were released in the second half.

C) The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year. This might infact be even the opposite of what is implied by the passage and is also out of scope.

D) The average receipts for the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year. 50 movies were released last year. Lets say box office receipts was 100$, Average is 2$. 20 movies released this year. 20% increase in box office receipts. So 120$. Average is 6$. Answer

E) The number of people seeing independent movies during the first half of this year is greater than the number who saw independent movies last year.

Not necessarily. Ticket prices could have been hiked and hence the reason for increased receipts.

Can you help me in understanding an argument? How to approach inference question? I always get confuse after seeing too much of fact.

Hi,

This is a question that goes slightly beyond the norms of a normal inference question.

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