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# Box office receipts for independent movies for the first half of this

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26 Feb 2015, 05:20
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Hey,

It cannot be D since we cannot predict the revenue here as you don't know if the price of the receipts have been kept same or increased or decreased. Here the author talks about increased number of receipts which can only point to higher number of viewers. So it should be E.

Can any one clear the above reasoning. since we can not assume the price of the receipt, how D is correct?

In this case "receipts" means "total turnover", not "tickets".
So we have bigger turnover. But we don't know reasons of this effect: maybe more customers, maybe higher price per ticket.
But we know that turnover of last year already less than turnover of this year.
In D we see "average per movie" comparison, so D it's correct answer.

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2) Receipts are the amount of money received during a particular period, for example by a shop or theatre.

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26 Feb 2015, 06:28
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Dear Cobuild,

Thanks for the much required clarification. But do you think such ambiguous question could actually be there during the actual exam ? Or was it just me for who the meaning of Receipts was not clear ?

I read like 3 or 4 debriefs from people with top GMAT score and they told that sometimes Verbal questions from Manhattan GMAT a little strange.
So maybe this is such case.
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26 Feb 2015, 06:33
I have one idea why E is a weak answer. Even if you don't know meaning of word receipts.

In E we can see "The number of people ... is greater"
But we don't know nothing about number of people and theoretically possible that number of tickets grow but number of people no. For example: people going on the same movies two times. It's weird, but it's possible.

This is inference question, so our answer MUST be true, and this is why D better than E.
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12 Mar 2015, 21:50
Hi Paandey,

I like your apporach. I shortlisted A and D and from them I picked A. I am not sure what is wrong with A. Please educate me what exactly is wrong with A.

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Hi..

The "drastic" case is amusing. The stem mentions that the number of movies slated to be launched for second half is equal to the number already launched, and hence, is > 0, and unless these movies produce negative revenue (somewhat drastic, indeed) the accumulated total is going to rise.

In my humble opinion, the solution should be A.

Let's assume that there is indeed a drastic possibility of the so called OA being incorrect ...
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Dear quasar66,

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.

What information is given in the question:
Number of tickets sold for the first half: x
Number of tickets sold for last year: Y

X= 1.2Y

Let's assume Y = 100000
Then X = 120000

In the next half of the year let's assume total tickets sold = 500(Because all the movies sucked, not drastic but quite possible)

Total Sales this year = 120500
Total Sales last year = 100000

Are sales this year SIGNIFICANTLY greater than 20% of last year's sales : Atleast not according to me.

Do let me know in the same humble opinion if there's anything wrong in this reasoning.

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18 May 2015, 06:17
shriramvelamuri and others

Aside from the fact that A states that box office revenues will be "significantly greater" than the 20% without defining "significant", the questions is "which of the following must be true".

This means that you have to take all edge cases into account. If the independent movies slated for release don't generate any sales, or all of the movies that were slated for release are not released this year, then the increase in revenues will not be "significantly" greater than 20% year over year.

As to why D is correct, the answer states that "average revenue" for the independent films released the first part of this year is greater than the average revenue for all films last year. I'll put this in math:

total revenue = average revenue * number of movies
last year: R = X * 50
X = 1/50 * R
this year: 1.2R = Y * 20
Y = 3/50 * R

Therefore Y (the average revenue for films so far this year) must be greater than X (the average revenue for films last year)

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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.

Pre think step-We can set up the equation as Average Receipts(Total B.O Receipts/Total no.of movies) is greater this year than compared to last year considering the data given.

A-This choice may be true since it has been mentioned in the argument that B.O receipts for IM is greater than 20% in first half of this year as compared to total receipts of last year however,it must not be true since in the second half the trend may go up or go down.Hence incorrect
B-We cannot logically infer this since the number of independent movies released in first half of last year has not been mentioned in the argument.It only states that total 50 movies released last year without giving its breakdown.
C-Price factor has also not been discussed in the argument.It may be true that price has increased this year as compared to last year however we cannot conclusively infer the same.
D-Similar to our pre think step hence correct
E-The number of people seeing the IM has not been stated hence we cannot infer it logically
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05 Jan 2016, 09:30
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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...

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there may be huge difference in the prices in two year and no of people may vary by only one or by 1000000 making a colud be true option D.
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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?

1. 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
2. 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.
3. The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year.
4. The average revenues of the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year.
5. 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.

20movies in first half made more money than 50movies last year.
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10 Apr 2016, 02:38
I think the question here is flawed! Please consider the following :-

1. If "receipts" means money, then the answer would consider revenue.
2. If "receipts" means the number of ticket receipts/invoices found, then the answer would consider people.
3. If "receipts" means the total number of invoices, then those receipts will be both of the tickets bought and the food bought, from which you cannot conclude anything!
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There is a total ambiguity on the word "Receipt" and which I feel is being understood based on situation and geography. Does GMAT produce such questions with confused words?
This questions is a flawed one as I believe otherwise please help how to handle such situation.

Becauase here D/E can be answers based on how one understands about the word "Receipt"
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22 Jul 2016, 13:50
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I think the question here is flawed! Please consider the following :-

1. If "receipts" means money, then the answer would consider revenue.
2. If "receipts" means the number of ticket receipts/invoices found, then the answer would consider people.
3. If "receipts" means the total number of invoices, then those receipts will be both of the tickets bought and the food bought, from which you cannot conclude anything!

ravikrishna1979 wrote:
There is a total ambiguity on the word "Receipt" and which I feel is being understood based on situation and geography. Does GMAT produce such questions with confused words?
This questions is a flawed one as I believe otherwise please help how to handle such situation.

Becauase here D/E can be answers based on how one understands about the word "Receipt"

1. Box office means ticket counter where movie tickets are sold. Box offices receive money by selling movie tickets; they do not receive invoices by selling tickets.
2. Box office receipt is not same as movie-viewer receipt (ShashankDave your point no. 2). Movie-viewer receipt could be tickets, though it is a very odd term for the purpose.
3. Food stalls are not box offices (ShashankDave your point no. 3).

The usage of "receipt" is not ambiguous in this context - box office receipt clearly implies the money received by selling tickets.
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The text tells us that the revenues for independent movies for the first have of this year are already greater than the total revenues for independent movies for all of last year.

A - There is no way to predict box-office receipts for the year.
D - The average revenue per film = total revenues ÷ number of films. Correct
C - We cannot infer that the price of a movie ticket has not increased.
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17 Sep 2016, 11:57
sayantanc2k wrote:
ShashankDave wrote:
I think the question here is flawed! Please consider the following :-

1. If "receipts" means money, then the answer would consider revenue.
2. If "receipts" means the number of ticket receipts/invoices found, then the answer would consider people.
3. If "receipts" means the total number of invoices, then those receipts will be both of the tickets bought and the food bought, from which you cannot conclude anything!

ravikrishna1979 wrote:
There is a total ambiguity on the word "Receipt" and which I feel is being understood based on situation and geography. Does GMAT produce such questions with confused words?
This questions is a flawed one as I believe otherwise please help how to handle such situation.

Becauase here D/E can be answers based on how one understands about the word "Receipt"

1. Box office means ticket counter where movie tickets are sold. Box offices receive money by selling movie tickets; they do not receive invoices by selling tickets.
2. Box office receipt is not same as movie-viewer receipt (ShashankDave your point no. 2). Movie-viewer receipt could be tickets, though it is a very odd term for the purpose.
3. Food stalls are not box offices (ShashankDave your point no. 3).

The usage of "receipt" is not ambiguous in this context - box office receipt clearly implies the money received by selling tickets.

Last year box office receipt rate was \$5 and this year, because of X reason it has dropped and is current placed at \$1 per receipt. Still you believe, D holds good... Need an expert advice.
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17 Sep 2016, 23:58
gandhigauravz wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
ShashankDave wrote:
I think the question here is flawed! Please consider the following :-

1. If "receipts" means money, then the answer would consider revenue.
2. If "receipts" means the number of ticket receipts/invoices found, then the answer would consider people.
3. If "receipts" means the total number of invoices, then those receipts will be both of the tickets bought and the food bought, from which you cannot conclude anything!

ravikrishna1979 wrote:
There is a total ambiguity on the word "Receipt" and which I feel is being understood based on situation and geography. Does GMAT produce such questions with confused words?
This questions is a flawed one as I believe otherwise please help how to handle such situation.

Becauase here D/E can be answers based on how one understands about the word "Receipt"

1. Box office means ticket counter where movie tickets are sold. Box offices receive money by selling movie tickets; they do not receive invoices by selling tickets.
2. Box office receipt is not same as movie-viewer receipt (ShashankDave your point no. 2). Movie-viewer receipt could be tickets, though it is a very odd term for the purpose.
3. Food stalls are not box offices (ShashankDave your point no. 3).

The usage of "receipt" is not ambiguous in this context - box office receipt clearly implies the money received by selling tickets.

Last year box office receipt rate was \$5 and this year, because of X reason it has dropped and is current placed at \$1 per receipt. Still you believe, D holds good... Need an expert advice.

Two things here :
1. We are given that 1st half of the year has 20% greater receipts. Hence, we are concerned only with the 1st half of this year. So, your point for the whole year is invalid.
2. If we are given that this year in the first half, it is greater, we cannot deny the fact and we have to answer accordingly. So, D is the BEST answer as per the premises given.
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gandhigauravz wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
ShashankDave wrote:
I think the question here is flawed! Please consider the following :-

1. If "receipts" means money, then the answer would consider revenue.
2. If "receipts" means the number of ticket receipts/invoices found, then the answer would consider people.
3. If "receipts" means the total number of invoices, then those receipts will be both of the tickets bought and the food bought, from which you cannot conclude anything!

ravikrishna1979 wrote:
There is a total ambiguity on the word "Receipt" and which I feel is being understood based on situation and geography. Does GMAT produce such questions with confused words?
This questions is a flawed one as I believe otherwise please help how to handle such situation.

Becauase here D/E can be answers based on how one understands about the word "Receipt"

1. Box office means ticket counter where movie tickets are sold. Box offices receive money by selling movie tickets; they do not receive invoices by selling tickets.
2. Box office receipt is not same as movie-viewer receipt (ShashankDave your point no. 2). Movie-viewer receipt could be tickets, though it is a very odd term for the purpose.
3. Food stalls are not box offices (ShashankDave your point no. 3).

The usage of "receipt" is not ambiguous in this context - box office receipt clearly implies the money received by selling tickets.

Last year box office receipt rate was \$5 and this year, because of X reason it has dropped and is current placed at \$1 per receipt. Still you believe, D holds good... Need an expert advice.

The rate or the number of tickets sold does not matter at all. Following is the argument structure for this question:

Premise: X is 20% more than Y.
Conclusion: X is greater than Y

(Yes, it is so straight-forward.)

First line of the passage is the premise and option D is the conclusion - "receipt" and "revenues" are synonymous.
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ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: 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.
Fact: Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released.
Fact: The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

Question: If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true? <== This is MUST BE TRUE question, so NO "new" information accepted.

1. 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
Wrong. TEMPTING. We just know data of the FIRST half of this year. What if total receipt in the first half is more than 20%, but will decrease significantly in the second half? ==> We can't say total receipts this year will be significantly 20% greater than that of last year. A can't be answer.

2. 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.
Wrong. Absolutely wrong, we don't know how many films were released in the first half of last year.

3. The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year.
Wrong. Nothing about the price. Out of scope.

4. The average revenues of the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year.
Correct. Assume prices do not change significantly. In the first half, total receipts is 20% more than that of total last year. But the number of film released is fewer (20 vs. 50) ==> Clearly, average revenue of each film in the first half of this year is greater than that of film released last year.

5. 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.
Wrong. Nothing about number of people. Out of scope.

Hope it helps

Why we should assume that price is constant, we are not bound to assume. Answer D must b wrong therefore. Moreover if you assume that then C is also correct. From my opinion A should be correct. E may b wrong because same person might come multiple times and have multiple receipts. So A is final answer.
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pqhai wrote:
ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: 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.
Fact: Last year, 50 independent movies were released, while so far this year only 20 independent movies have been released.
Fact: The number of independent movies slated for release in the second half of this year is roughly equal to the number released so far.

Question: If the statements above are true, which of the following must be true? <== This is MUST BE TRUE question, so NO "new" information accepted.

1. 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
Wrong. TEMPTING. We just know data of the FIRST half of this year. What if total receipt in the first half is more than 20%, but will decrease significantly in the second half? ==> We can't say total receipts this year will be significantly 20% greater than that of last year. A can't be answer.

2. 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.
Wrong. Absolutely wrong, we don't know how many films were released in the first half of last year.

3. The price of a movie ticket has not increased since last year.
Wrong. Nothing about the price. Out of scope.

4. The average revenues of the independent films released during the first half of this year is greater than that of all independent films released last year.
Correct. Assume prices do not change significantly. In the first half, total receipts is 20% more than that of total last year. But the number of film released is fewer (20 vs. 50) ==> Clearly, average revenue of each film in the first half of this year is greater than that of film released last year.

5. 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.
Wrong. Nothing about number of people. Out of scope.

Hope it helps

Why we should assume that price is constant, we are not bound to assume. Answer D must b wrong therefore. Moreover if you assume that then C is also correct. From my opinion A should be correct. E may b wrong because same person might come multiple times and have multiple receipts. So A is final answer.

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Answer D is one of the most straight forward conclusions you can draw - no assumptions are required whatsoever.

If the total of elements in set X is more than the total of elements in set Y, then the average of the elements in set X is also greater than the average of the elements on set Y ( because it is already given that the no. of elements in set X is less than the number of elements in set Y). Here set X = set of independent movies this year and Y = set of independent movies last year.

Option A is incorrect because nothing has been mentioned about the sales in the rest of the year - there could be no more receipt from independent movies at all.
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"Box Office Receipts" ...What does it mean?
You have to an adept of movies to guess the intended meaning.
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What I am not understanding is that when the revenue from the first half of this year is already 20% greater than the total revenue of the last year, then why the total revenue generated this year is not greater than 20% of all of the last year's total revenue. According to me, even if the second half of this year doesn't make any profit, the total revenue of this year is still more than last year revenue. Please throw some light on this. Experts.
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