box office


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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While Black Pantherbecame a smash box office hit because of its huge multiracial audience, African-Americans provided the backbone of support. Andrew Grant-thomas And Melissa Giraud, Good Housekeeping, "Parents: Maybe Don't Buy Your Kid That Black Panther Costume This Halloween," 11 Oct. 2018 For the past decade, Blum has also made the most of the industry leverage that a massive box office can buy, backing ambitious, genre-bending movies like The Bay, Whiplash, Unfriended, Get Out, Happy Death Day, and BlacKkKlansman. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Hulu’s horror anthology Into the Dark represents the good and bad sides of Blumhouse Productions," 5 Oct. 2018 But the summer box office overall, up 13.5 percent from last year, remains robust. Jake Coyle, Houston Chronicle, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' buzzes to $76 million debut," 9 July 2018 But the summer box office overall, up 13.5 percent from last year, remains robust. Washington Post, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut," 8 July 2018 Cortale says the Art House box office sold 20,000 tickets last summer, and many fans who travel to Provincetown from Boston and other cities plan their vacations around the Art House schedule. Loren King,, "Series that brings Broadway stars to Provincetown may lose its home," 5 July 2018 The box office opens at 3:30 p.m.; the music starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend: Summer Soulstice, Greek Fest, Cedarburg's strawberries and more," 21 June 2018 The box office will also open on-site at RiverEdge at noon on the day of the show. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Chris Young to perform at RiverEdge in Aurora," 8 June 2018 The box office, located at 1111 Canal St., is open Mon - Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doug Maccash,, "David Byrne cancels New Orleans show in Oct. Simple Minds due in Nov.," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of box office

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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

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Kids Definition of box office

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

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