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 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!


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


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.