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According to a recent article on movie theater box-office receipts, ticket sales of the top 20 movies that were promoted most strongly accounts for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest of which came from ticket sales for the 759 smaller-budget movies that studios either did not promote or promoted relatively lightly.

A. strongly accounts for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest of which came
B. strongly were what accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015; the rest coming
C. strongly accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest coming
D. strongly, accounting for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, while the rest came
E. strongly, which accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, with the rest of it coming

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A. strongly accounts for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest of which came

Subject-Verb error. Tickets of sale is plural, whie accounts is singular

B. strongly were what accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015; the rest coming
The semi-colon requires an independent clause after. There's not a verb, hence no IC

C. strongly accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest coming
Correct

D. strongly, accounting for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, while the rest came
Lacks a main verb

E. strongly, which accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, with the rest of it coming
Lacks a main verb
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According to a recent article on movie theater box-office receipts, ticket sales of the top 20 movies that were promoted most strongly accounts for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest of which came from ticket sales for the 759 smaller-budget movies that studios either did not promote or promoted relatively lightly.

A. strongly accounts for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest of which came -> Incorrect because of SV agreement accounts is singular for plural subject ticket sales
B. strongly were what accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015; the rest coming -> after semicolon the rest coming does not form a complete sentence, needed an IC which is missing, hence Incorrect
C. strongly accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, the rest coming -> Correct as we use comma instead of semicolon as in B. the rest coming is now an Absolute phrase - Noun + participle modifier
D. strongly, accounting for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, while the rest came -> There is no verb for ticket sales as account has been replaced with modifier accounting - Hence Incorrect
E. strongly, which accounted for nearly half of the $11.3 billion in movie-going spending in 2015, with the rest of it coming -> which accounted again introduces a relative clause and hence Incorrect since ticket sales does not have a verb.

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The sentence as written doesn't seem too bad, but we should notice that the underlined portion contains the main verb of the sentence, "accounts," and that the subject is "ticket sales." That means we need a plural verb, which all of the remaining choices provide.
Which one conveys the idea most clearly? Our shortest answer, (C), is the best: it uses an active verb and simple phrasing.
Choices (B) and (E) use unnecessarily wordy phrases; Choice (D) uses an -ing verb alone as the main verb in the sentence, which is always incorrect.

The correct answer is Choice (C).

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