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

The Lionsgate/Summit film likewise beat tracking, but wasn't able to break entirely free of the comedy slump gripping the box office. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Weekend Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Dunks 'Uncle Drew,' 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' With $60M," 1 July 2018 Contact the box office at 502-638-2559 or Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Fire at the Kentucky Center: Which shows are rescheduled or moved?," 15 June 2018 Movies about comic book characters dominate the box office and movie screens, displacing movies about, say, regular American families struggling to make sense of modern life. Gary Thompson,, "'Incredibles 2': Worth the 14-year wait," 13 June 2018 For information and tickets, call the box office at (888) 810-8871 or visit Nicole Miller-coleman,, "10th annual Microbrew, Craft Beer & Chili Cook-off," 2 June 2018 Granted, its chances of winning the box office are next to nil. Mike Scott,, "Just in time for hurricane season: 'Adrift' offers antidote to summer superhero fatigue," 1 June 2018 Beginning May 5, fans can purchase single game tickets online at or by visiting the box office at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium., "Digest (May 15): Maryland's Will Watson earns Big Ten, national baseball honors," 15 May 2018 The Princess Bride was only a modest success at the box office, grossing $30.8 million against its relatively modest $16 million production budget. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "RIP William Goldman, creator of beloved film, The Princess Bride," 16 Nov. 2018 New offerings at the specialty box office include Annapurna's dramedy Sorry to Bother You, about a black telemarketer in Oakland who adopts a white accent. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Soaring to $80M-Plus U.S. Debut," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of box office

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of box office was in 1786

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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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Kids Definition of box office

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

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