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BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE - RULES
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EZ's Box Office Challenge
Registration:
There is no registration deadline, but the Marketplace opens on Thursday October 19, 2017. Register at www.ez1productions.com/challenge/.

Prizes:
1st place: $40.00 Amazon certificate
2nd place: $25.00 Amazon certificate
3rd place: $15.00 Amazon certificate

Note: All prizes are available thanks to donations from studio owners. If you would like to make a contribution please follow this link:
The Game:
Each studio will start with three hundred million dollars ($300.0 mil). Opportunities for additional funds to purchase movies will be available through the Weekend Showdown and price changes. The studio with the largest total of final grosses from all movies owned in their final portfolio wins. All terms in bold defined below.

Number of Studios:
A player can only play one studio per game. Any player caught with more than one studio will be disqualified.

Marketplace:
Movies in the game for purchase are designated as (B) for Blockbuster, (S) for Sleeper, (C) for Clearance and (L) Limited. You must own at least one movie in each category in your final studio portfolio. You may only own Two (2) Blockbusters in your final portfolio. You may only own Seven (7) Limiteds in your final portfolio. There is no limit on the number of Sleeper or Clearance titles you may own. The limits above only apply to final portfolios, you may hold more than 2 Blockbusters or 7 Limiteds at any point prior to try and increase your worth. Any studio that doesn't abide by these restrictions will be disqualified. Additional movies may be added to the Marketplace at any time.

Grosses:
You will receive the grosses for every movie you hold in your studio past 12pm CST on the movie's release date. Once you hold a movie past 12pm CST on the movie's release date, it is in your studio's final portfolio. A movie's final gross = the sum of the movie's first THREE weekends from it's opening weekend in the game. For the Limiteds only, you will receive a multiple of the movie's final gross for each of the first THREE weekends. For films showing in 199 theaters or less, the multiple is ten (10). For each full 100 theaters beyond the first 100, this multiple is decreased by one (1) to a minimum of one (1). Thus, a film showing on 200-299 theaters will score nine (9) times it's gross, a film showing on 300-399 theaters will score eight (8) times its gross, and so on. Films showing in 1000 theaters or more will recieve no multiplier. Each weekend will considered individually to determine the proper multiple of gross to be applied; thus a film could receive a different multiple for each of its three scoring weekend grosses. All grosses will be rounded to the hundredths place. Any purchase funds unused by the end of the game are rendered useless and are not added to the grosses. Weekly grosses will be posted on Tuesdays after price changes.

Price Changes:
The purchase prices of the movies in the game will change three times a week, on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Through buying low and selling high you can make additional funds to purchase even more movies for your studio. Price changes can occur at anytime during these days. However, generally price changes on Tuesday and Thursday will be made between noon and 2pm CST, and after 4pm CST on Sunday. The Marketplace will display the date and time of the last price change at the top of the page. Price changes will be in increments of 0.25 mil and there will be no change greater than 5.0 mil for a given movie at one time. Price changes will be based on internet movie buzz, movie news and reviews, previews, market choices of players, and the whims and prejudices of the game administrator.

Final Portfolio:
You may buy and sell films through your portfolio as frequently as you'd like, but once a film you own has opened in theaters it becomes "locked" and part of your Final Portfolio. It is the grosses of this Final Portfolio that will determine your rank in the standings. None of the grosses of films in your final portfolio can be used to purchase other films.

Weekend Showdown:
Each studio can bet up to 3.0 mil of their available purchase funds each weekend from 10/27-10/29 to 12/15-12/17 on the Weekend Showdown posted by 2pm CST each Thursday. Wins will be added to the studio's purchase funds on the following Tuesday. The Weekend Showdown is not mandatory, but is recommended, as it offers another way to gain funds.

Duration of the Game:
The Marketplace opens on Thursday October 19, 2017. The first price change will be on Thursday October 26, 2017. The first day that a movie goes into release is Friday October 27, 2017 and the last day a movie goes into release is Monday, December 25, 2017. All non-holiday weekends will be three day weekends consisting of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For holiday weekends, see below.

Holiday Weekends:
All weekends will be three day weekends consisting of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday EXCEPT for the following holiday weekends:
Thanksgiving Weekend: consists of 5 days (Wed Nov 22 - Sun Nov 26)
Christmas Weekend: consists of 4 days (Fri Dec 22 - Mon Dec 25)
New Years Weekend: consists of 4 days (Fri Dec 29 - Mon Jan 1)

Some price changes will also be affected by the holiday weekends. There WILL NOT be any changes on Thursday Nov 23.

Release Date Changes:
If a release date changes and it is still within the time frame of the game, the movie will be moved to the new date and retained for the game. If the release date changes to a time frame outside the game, it is simply removed from the game. If you owned the movie, the price at which you purchased the movie will be refunded.

Limited Titles:
Limited titles are a feature of the Winter game. They have special rules that apply only to them so pay close attention while reading this page. Limiteds are very volatile in their release dates and may move around quite a bit. The intent is for a Limited to be a limited release movie, under 1000 theatres. For that reason the game administrator will retain the right to change the category of a movie, but will only do so up to 10 days before a movie's release date. Sometimes studios fail to report grosses for limiteds. The game administrator will use best efforts to determine a reasonable estimate in that situation using a default .01 million as a minimum.

Deadlines:
Deadlines for purchases or sales of movies going into release are always 12pm CST on the day of the movie's release. The deadline for Weekend Showdown bets will always be 12pm CST on Friday.

Timezones:
12pm CST = 10am PST (-2hrs); 11am MST(-1hr); 1pm EST(+1hr); 6pm in the London, England (+6hrs); 7pm in Paris, France(+7hrs); 9pm in Athens, Greece(+8hrs); 12am in Jakarta, Indonesia (+12hrs); 1am the next day in Hong Kong (+13hrs).
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