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Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on its opening weekend in order to determine whether – and how – to invest more in that film. Many decisions, such as increasing the number of screens that show the film and expanding the marketing campaign, are best made after reaction ca be gathered from audience who actually purchased tickets. Therefore, to maximize returns on their marketing investments, studios should initially release all their films on a small number of screens and with a limited advertising campaign.
The plan to maximize returns by initially releasing films on only a small number of screens and limiting advertising depends on which of the following assumptions?

A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend never eventually yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.

B) New advertising technique such as web-based viral marketing, haven’t substantially reduced the average marketing cost for films.

C) A film’s prior performance in noncommercial settings, such as festivals, is not well correlated with how the general public tends to react to than film.

D) Across the movie industry, marketing investments do not influence the eventual financial returns of films in predictable way.

E) How a film performs during its opening weekend is a strong indicator of the film’s financial performance over its lifetime.

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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2013, 03:51
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The correctanswer choiceeliminates an ALTERNATE PATH TO THE SAME END.
According to the argument, all films should be released conservatively, in order to obtain the
greatest return on marketing investments. The rationale given is that audience reactions can only
be properly gathered and interpreted after the opening weekend; these reactions then serve as the
basis for marketing decisions such as expanding the films release. However, the argument ignores
other possible means to achieve the stated goal of maximum returns onmarketing investments.
Specifically, the argument overlooks the impact of marketing decisions that are made before open-
ing weekend, such as the initial number of screens or the initial size of the advertising campaign;
such decisions could influence the results of the opening weekend. In fact, investing a great deal
in marketing before a film opens might be the best way to generate profits, as in the case of block-
busters or of films predicted to collapse after the opening weekend. Note that several of the incor-
rect answers reinforce a conservative attitude toward releasing a film, but none of them are critical
to the validity of the conclusion, and thus none are assumptions upon which the conclusion
depends.
(A) CORRECT. In order to conclude that all films should have limited releases, it must not be pos-
sible for large pre-release marketing spending to lead to the best returns on investment, no mat-
ter what film is considered. Also, check the LEN: large marketing investments made before the
opening weekerid could eventually yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.
The author's conclusion would fall apart if this were true.
(B) If marketing costs fell, then releasing films might be less risky. However, the conclusion here is
concerned with how to maximize profits. This choice does not address whether a conservative
release plan is the best method to maximize profits.
(C) This is a tempting choice. A premise in the argument says that reactions from commercial
audiences are the most useful indicators in making marketing decisions. Try the LEN strategy:
performance in non-commercial settings is at least somewhat correlated with how the general
public tends to react. Does this destroy the conclusion? No. The non-commercial audience
reactions could be decendy correlated without being the most useful type of audience
reaction.
(D) The author claims that limited releases are the best means to maximize returns on marketing
investments. In other words, the author is predicting something about the expected return on a
marketing investment. At the same time, the author's conclusion does not logically depend on
whether marketing investments have predictable effects or not.
(E) The opening weekend's results may be a strong indicator of future performance, but that does
not allow us to conclude that the given plan will always result in the best financial returns on a
marketing investment. There may be other, better indicators of future performance.

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Re: Movie Money [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 23:30
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Hello Shriti,
A quick tip regarding CR questions.
When it concerns questions that require understanding the assumptions of an argument (Weaken, Strengthen, Assumption) the correct response CAN use words such as "Never", "none", "Most" or "only".

Remember an assumption CAN be an Extreme - exclusionary perspective. NEVER eliminate an option in an assumption based question just because it uses the extreme words.

There is One question type though where you SHOULD watch out with options with extreme / exclusionary words.
That's the inference questions that require you to make an inference based on the data provided. Here option with extreme words are generally wrong! :)

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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 12:10
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Ans: A.
Also, E is explaining the first statement of the question and not providing with any assumption.
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The key word here are the words 'greater profits' used in A. Once again, I will fixate the importance of reading the entire sentence carefully.
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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 06:10
I will go with E.

ohh close but good one missed on this completely, The answer will be A.

A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend never eventually yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.--this is too strong a statement, if this assumption were to be correct then there would be no point in marketing.
Although it, is strong but it defends the argument.I am at a loss here.

B) New advertising technique such as web-based viral marketing, haven’t substantially reduced the average marketing cost for films. --- it just talks about a type of marketing, no relation what so ever with conclusion.

C) A film’s prior performance in noncommercial settings, such as festivals, is not well correlated with how the general public tends to react to than film.-irrelevant

D) Across the movie industry, marketing investments do not influence the eventual financial returns of films in predictable way.--This option does not fits in since the argument is about whether to spend in pre-marketing or post-marketing.

E) How a film performs during its opening weekend is a strong indicator of the film’s financial performance over its lifetime.--This seems plausible, fills in the gap that the first weekend is a sure indicator for further investments.
Avantika seems right on this one .Completely missed :(
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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 07:17
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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 04:26
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Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on its opening weekend in order to determine whether – and how – to invest more in that film. Many decisions, such as increasing the number of screens that show the film and expanding the marketing campaign, are best made after reaction ca be gathered from audience who actually purchased tickets. Therefore, to maximize returns on their marketing investments, studios should initially release all their films on a small number of screens and with a limited advertising campaign.
The plan to maximize returns by initially releasing films on only a small number of screens and limiting advertising depends on which of the following assumptions?

A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend never eventually yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.

B) New advertising technique such as web-based viral marketing, haven’t substantially reduced the average marketing cost for films.

C) A film’s prior performance in noncommercial settings, such as festivals, is not well correlated with how the general public tends to react to than film.

D) Across the movie industry, marketing investments do not influence the eventual financial returns of films in predictable way.

E) How a film performs during its opening weekend is a strong indicator of the film’s financial performance over its lifetime.

OA after some opinion :)


Negate option A and the argument falls apart.

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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2014, 22:28
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Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on its opening weekend in order to determine whether – and how – to invest more in that film. Many decisions, such as increasing the number of screens that show the film and expanding the marketing campaign, are best made after reaction ca be gathered from audience who actually purchased tickets. Therefore, to maximize returns on their marketing investments, studios should initially release all their films on a small number of screens and with a limited advertising campaign.
The plan to maximize returns by initially releasing films on only a small number of screens and limiting advertising depends on which of the following assumptions?

A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend never eventually yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.

B) New advertising technique such as web-based viral marketing, haven’t substantially reduced the average marketing cost for films.

C) A film’s prior performance in noncommercial settings, such as festivals, is not well correlated with how the general public tends to react to than film.

D) Across the movie industry, marketing investments do not influence the eventual financial returns of films in predictable way.

E) How a film performs during its opening weekend is a strong indicator of the film’s financial performance over its lifetime.

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B,C,D looks irrelevant E is the restatement of the premise.Hence A
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Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on its opening weekend in
order to determine whether-and how-to invest more in that film, Many decisions,
such as increasing the number of screens that show the film' and··expanding
the marketing campaign, are best made after reactions can be gathered from audiences
who actually purchased tickets. Therefore, to maximize returns on their marketing
investments, studios should initially release all their films on a small ,number
of screens and with a limited advertising campaign.

The plan to maximize returns by initially releasing films on only a small number of
screens and limiting advertising depends upon which of the following assumptions?

(A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend never eventually
yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.

(B) New advertising techniques, such as Web-based viral marketing, have not substantially
reduced the average marketing costs for films.

(C) A film's prior performance in noncommercial settings, such as festivals, is not
well correlated with how the general public tends to react to that film.

(D) Across the movie industry, marketing investments do not influence the eventual
financial returns of films in predictable ways.

(E) How a film performs during its opening weekend is a strong indicator of the
film's financial performance over its lifetime.

Can someone please explain why answer choice (A) is correct even when the extreme word 'never' is used ?
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Re: Movie Money [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 22:52
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Can someone please explain why answer choice (A) is correct even when the extreme word 'never' is used ?


when u are posting ur doubts, it is always courteous to hide the answers!!
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Re: Movie Money [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 23:00
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Can someone please explain why answer choice (A) is correct even when the extreme word 'never' is used ?


A is correct to use "never" because the conclusion itself is using an extreme words -----> conclusion is: Therefore, to maximize returns on their marketing investments, studios should initially release all their films on a small,number of screens and with a limited advertising campaign.
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to maximize returns on their marketing investments, studios should initially release all their films on a small number of screens and with a limited advertising campaign.
Why?
Many decisions, such as increasing the number of screens that show the film and expanding the marketing campaign, are best made after reaction can be gathered from audience who actually purchased tickets.

The plan to maximize returns by initially releasing films on only a small number of screens and limiting advertising depends on which of the following assumptions?
B and C are irrelevant.
A,D,E are all valid assumptions but A wins over all of them.

Argument is about when to make investment.Lets start from E and D and then we will come to A.

A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend never eventually yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.
Negation:A) Large marketing investments made before the opening weekend yield greater profits than small initial marketing investments.
If that is true then its not wise to limit the screening and initial budget.so this hurts the conclusion.

B) New advertising technique such as web-based viral marketing, haven’t substantially reduced the average marketing cost for films.

C) A film’s prior performance in noncommercial settings, such as festivals, is not well correlated with how the general public tends to react to than film.

D) Across the movie industry, marketing investments do not influence the eventual financial returns of films in predictable way.
>>We are concerned abt when to invest.This option doesn't mentions that. Is there any other factor that makes it vulnerable ?

E) How a film performs during its opening weekend is a strong indicator of the film’s financial performance over its lifetime.
>> Marked items make the option vulnerable to doubt. Even if its not a strong indicator may be its sufficient to make the final call on investment hence argument doesn't fall.Also lifetime performance is too extreme assumption in regard to make sound investment in starting to gain max profit.
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Re: Studio executives carefully examine how a film performs on [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 07:27
It was my first post so sorry for mentioning the answer, i will keep that in mind.Thank you for the explanation it helped a lot. :)
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