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.
Recent Examples on the Web His film work, which include lead roles in the Jurassic World and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy series, have notched more than $11.6 billion at the global box office, according to Comscore (SCOR). Frank Pallotta, CNN, 9 June 2022 Maverick continued to fly high in its second weekend, surpassing $500 million at the global box office. Jessica Wang,, 7 June 2022 The movie theater industry’s recovery from the pandemic is not over yet, as global box office receipts in 2021 were still 48% below the average of the last three years before the pandemic, according to media analytics firm Gower Street. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 4 June 2022 Through Memorial Day on Monday, domestic box office receipts could fly as high as $130 million. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 25 May 2022 Restaurant sales have risen far more over the past year than store sales, for example, while box office receipts thus far in May are running about five times as high as a year ago. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 24 May 2022 The first Aquaman debuted in December 2018 and went on to make more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 17 May 2022 Cruise is one of the last dollar-one gross players in the business, so box office receipts are key to his compensation. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 That may only matter if the movie is intended for theatrical release, at least to the extent to which its short-term success or failure will be predicated on global box office receipts. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of box office

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Jun 2022

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“Box office.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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

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