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 Toy Story 4, for example, raked in more than a quarter of a billion dollars at the global box office during its opening weekend. Andy Meek, BGR, "Why is Disney making Pixar movies free to stream on Disney+?," 29 Mar. 2021 Those who purchased their tickets at the arena box office should bring the tickets and the method of payment to obtain your refund. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "'Hip Hop in the Rock' concert at Simmons Bank Arena canceled," 26 Mar. 2021 The blockbuster film starred Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish and grossed approximately $140 million at the global box office. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "‘Girls Trip’ Writer Tracy Oliver Lands Eight-Figure Deal With Apple," 25 Mar. 2021 In what counts as a rarity these days, there was good news at both the domestic and Chinese box office this weekend. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Box Office: ‘Avatar’ Legs Out In China As ‘Raya’ Holds Firm In North America," 21 Mar. 2021 There was the gleaming glass box office with a smiling attendant. New York Times, "‘Welcome Back!’: Movie Theaters Reopen in New York City," 7 Mar. 2021 The 1992 original was a box office hit and won the plaudits of fans. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Hallelujah! 'Sister Act 3' is in production, with Whoopi Goldberg starring," 11 Dec. 2020 People should get tickets from a makeshift box office on the lot. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "'Flores Oscuras' Halloween show explores real-life terrors people of color face," 28 Oct. 2020 But around that time, Bratislava’s theaters were showing a Soviet box office hit, The Detached Mission, an anti-American propaganda movie suspiciously reminiscent of the Rambo series. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of box office

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Box office.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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box office


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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