Tips For Winning Time Machine 7/8/14

The July 8, 2014 Time Machine contest features the following question:

What will the new Planet of the Apes movie’s all-time box office rank be on August 19, 2014?

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specifically, this chart–which gives you the all-time box office (worldwide gross) ranks for more than 570 movies.

On August 19th, will Dawn of the Planet of the Apes be ranked 5th, 50th, 500th…or somewhere in between?  Learn more about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens on July 11th, here

Special Tip 1: Some experts are predicting that this movie could earn a billion dollars–which would put it very high on the all-time box office list.  Read the article here.

Special Tip 2: The new movie’s predecessor, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, currently holds the spot of 134.  Don’t confuse it with the NEW movie, which is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:59 pm CT on August 13, 2014.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: August 20, 2014.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be ranked 99th all-time on August 19, enter the number “99.”

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

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: After the entry period ends for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie, a new Time Machine game will start on August 14th, 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.

Tips For Winning Time Machine 6/6/14

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

What country will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and how many total goals will be scored?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you can gather the information you need to make an accurate prediction by studying the information and links located in these detailed Wikipedia articles:

2014FIFAWorldCuplogo2-FIFAThe FIFA World Cup, often called just the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

The 2014 World Cup is scheduled to run from June 12th to July 13th, 2014.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:59 pm CT on July 7, 2014.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: July 14, 2014.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be the name of the country you think will win the World Cup, followed by the total number of goals you think will be scored (for all teams and all matches).  Example: France 381

Q: Can you clarify what you mean by how many total goals will be scored?
A: There are 64 matches scheduled for this years World Cup.  How many total goals will be scored in these 64 matches is the number to predict.

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

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: The next Time Machine game should start on July 8, 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.

Tips For Winning Time Machine 5/13/14

The May 13, 2014 Time Machine contest features the following question:

What will the new Godzilla movie’s all-time box office rank be on June 9, 2014?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to the future and retrieve the answer.  If not, you should familiarize yourself with BoxOfficeMojo.com and, specifically, this chart–which gives you the all-time box office (worldwide gross) ranks for more than 550 movies.

On June 9th, will Godzilla 2014 be ranked 5th, 50th, or 500th?  Or somewhere in between?  Learn all about Godzilla (2014), which opens on May 16th, at the official Godzilla site HERE.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by 11:59 pm CT on June 5th, 2014.

Q: When will the winner(s) be revealed?
A: June 10th, 2014.

Q: What should an entry look like?
A: Your entry should be a one-, two-, or three-digit number.  For example, if you think Godzilla will be ranked 99th all-time on June 9th, enter 99.

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

Q: When will the next Time Machine game start
A: The next Time Machine game should start on June 6, 2014.  Pssst…it may have something to do with a really big international soccer event starting June 12th.

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 4/26/14

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.

Tips For Winning Time Machine 4/5/14

Time Machine’s inaugural contest features the following question:

How many total points will be scored in the national semifinals (two games) of the Mens NCAA Basketball tournament on April 5th, 2014?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to April 5th and retrieve the answer.  If you don’t have access to a time machine, it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with United States NCAA basketball and the massively-popular, end-of-season national championship tournament known as “March Madness.” Fun Fact: It’s estimated that more than 50 million people will fill out a tournament bracket to predict the winner this year!

Start by reviewing this Wikipedia article.

Of course, to win the inaugural Time Machine, you’ll need to predict the point total of the two semifinal games played by the “Final Four.”

As this webpage shows, In 2013, the answer was 257.

Of course, every year is different—different teams, different styles of offense, different coaches.  You may be able to improve your odds of predicting the right answer by consulting this CBS “bracketology” article or this ESPN article.

Good luck!

MORE TIPS

1. People like to guess round numbers, so stay out of the pack by predicting a NOT-round number.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: My time machine is in the shop (Flux Capacitor leak).  Can I borrow a friend’s?
A: Yes, you may 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.

Q: What is the exact deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by the tip-off of the first game on April 5th, 2014.

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