Tips For Winning Time Machine 4/26/14

The April 26, 2014 Time Machine contest features the following question:

What will the NYSE spot price for silver be at market close on May 15, 2014?

If you have access to an actual time machine, simply travel to May 15th and retrieve the answer.  If you don’t have access to a time machine, the following Webpage will help you make your prediction:

http://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.html

Here’s another valuable resource for determining what the price of silver will do in the future:

http://www.macrotrends.net/1333/gold-and-silver-prices-100-year-historical-chart

The above Webpage actually tracks the price of silver for the last 100 years!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 4 pm CT on May 13, 2014.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: May 15, 2014, at approximately 4:15 pm CT.

Q: How many decimal places should answers go to?
A: Two.  For example, 19.61.  If you’ve submitted an entry using more than two decimal places, we’ll round up or down (i.e. 19.792 would be rounded down to 19.79).

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter your prediction for the above question HERE beginning Saturday, April 26th.

Q: What’s “NYSE?”
A: NYSE is the abbreviation for the New York Stock Exchange.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start?
A: The next Time Machine game should start on May 13, 2014, at approximately 4:05 pm CT.

Q: My time machine is in the shop (Flux Capacitor leak).  Can I borrow a friend’s?
A: Yes, our rules allow you to use another person’s time machine.  However, you must travel to the future yourself.  You cannot send someone else to the future to get the answer for you.

Tips For Winning Time Machine 4/6/14

The April 6, 2014 Time Machine contest features the following question:

For April 2014, what percentage of total ticket sales will the #1 movie account for?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to May 1st and retrieve the answer.  If you don’t have access to a time machine, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specifically, this chart–which shows you what percentage the #1 movie has taken in total ticket sales for the month of April since 1982.  TIP: By clicking on the links for other months, you can get a broader perspective of what the #1 movie typically achieves.

Following is the chart for the month of March.  As you can see, the #1 movie in March was 300: Rise of An Empire…and it took 20.0% of total ticket sales.  You’ll also notice that during the last 7 years, the percentage for the #1 movie ranged from 18.7% to 36.5%.

Movie Mojo Chart 1

IMPORTANT ENTRY NOTE: For this iteration of Time Machine, we are accepting entries representing whole numbers (e.g. 15%) and “half numbers” (e.g. 17.5%) between 10% and 70%.

Whole number entries will cover .0 through .4.  That is, if you predicted 19%, for example, and the percentage turns out to be 19.0 or 19.1 or 19.2 or 19.3 or 19.4, you’ve got a winning prediction!

Similarly, if  if you predicted 22.5%, and the percentage turns out to be 22.5 or 22.6 or 22.7 or 22.8 or 22.9, you’d also be a winner!

MORE TIPS

1. Check out the different sections of BoxOfficeMojo.com for other news and data which can help you determine which movies are opening/playing in April, and how each will do.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:59 pm CT on April 25, 2014.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: May 1st, 2014.

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.

Q: Why are you limiting the answers to 10% to 70%?
A: According to BoxOfficeMojo’s records, the #1 movie has always taken more than 10% and less than 70%.  However, if you think the take will be less than 10%, enter a prediction of 10% and you will win if the take is anything less than 10%. Likewise, if you think the take will be more than 70%, enter a prediction of 70% and you will win if the take is anything more than 70%.

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: The next Time Machine game should start on April 26, 2014.

Q: My time machine is in the shop (Flux Capacitor leak).  Can I borrow a friend’s?
A: Yes, our rules allow you to use another person’s time machine.  However, you must travel to the future yourself.  You cannot send someone else to the future to get the answer for you.