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

Sacred Deer, which had its share of good reviews (not including mine), failed to find an audience ($2 million at the box office) though its glacial pacing may have been more to blame than its sadistic torments. Gary Thompson,, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 2018 The first film released last year drew 1.51 million people to theaters just 14 days after its release and grossed over 2 billion yen -- about 18 million USD -- at the box office. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "J-Pop Band back number's Song Featured in Live-Action 'Gintama' Sequel," 6 July 2018 Ocean's 8 raked in $41 million at the box office this weekend, making it the highest debut of any film in the franchise. Melissa Minton, Glamour, "Anne Hathaway Says Her Ocean's 8 Costars Stopped Filming So She Could Pump Breast Milk," 13 June 2018 Both movies have cracked the top 10 movies at the box office, ranking an 85-year-old justice and a deceased Presbyterian minister in multiplexes alongside Spandexed superheroes and supernatural thrillers. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Mister Rogers and RBG are box office’s unexpected stars," 29 June 2018 When Black Panther began its months-long conquest of the box office in mid-February, stories about the significance of the film's representation of a nearly all-black cast became briefly omnipresent on news sites. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Black Panther' Is Teaching College Students About Foreign Policy," 31 May 2018 Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War kicked off the summer box office in high style, opening to a record-setting $250 million in North America and $380 million overseas for a global total of $630 million, the top worldwide start of all time. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Passes 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' With Record $250M U.S. Bow," 29 Apr. 2018 Tickets available online, by telephone (1-877-304-FILM), in person at the box office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland Silver listings for April 13-20: "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut" at Cleveland Cinemas' Capitol Theatre & More," 12 Apr. 2018 The only way to get them is in person, at the PNC Music Pavilion box office in north Charlotte. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "If you go to Adam Sandler's stand-up show in Charlotte, you might wind up on Netflix | Charlotte Observer," 12 Apr. 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.

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

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