box office

noun

Definition of box office

1a : an office (as in a theater) where tickets of admission are sold
b : income from ticket sales (as for a film)
2 : the ability (as of a show) to attract ticket buyers also : something that enhances that ability any publicity is good box office

Examples of box office in a Sentence

The box office will open at 10:00 a.m.

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Men in Black: International Didn’t Make Much Money Last Weekend Continuing a trend of sequels and spinoffs underperforming this summer, Men in Black: International did not do well at the box office. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Men in Black: International," 17 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. NBC News, "'Romeo and Juliet' director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. CBS News, "Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director known for "Romeo and Juliet," dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 Zombieland has been the most successful of the bunch, at least at the box office. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The Dead Don’t Die is a perfect excuse to return to Zombieland," 14 June 2019 And no matter how much money is sunk into a project, there are no guarantees at the box office. Dale Rutledge, Fortune, "With ‘MIB: International,’ Lexus Is Cast as a Blockbuster Car for a Second Straight Summer," 14 June 2019 In 2018, the couple co-starred in the sci-fi thriller A Quiet Place, which made over $300 million worldwide at the box office, according to Variety. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Might Team Up for Fantastic Four Reboot," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of box office

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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box office

noun

English Language Learners Definition of box office

: an area in a theater where tickets are sold for a movie, play, etc.
used to describe how many tickets have been sold for a movie, play, etc. often used before another noun

box office

noun

Kids Definition of box office

: a place where tickets to public entertainments (as sports or theatrical events) are sold

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