box office


: an office (as in a theater) where tickets of admission are sold
: income from ticket sales (as for a film)
: 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 At this rate, the big-budget sequel will end its box office run as the lowest-grossing MCU movie in history — by a landslide. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 26 Nov. 2023 At the awards box office, Focus Features’ The Holdovers looks to come in No. 7 with five-day holiday earnings in the $4 million range. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Nov. 2023 Her first major hit at the global box office was in 1993’s The Good Son, which also starred Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Sideways, with a domestic box office of $71 million, doesn’t seem to be under any threat as Giamatti’s No. 1 movie of all time. Joe Reid, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2023 Amid the endless fretting over dwindling box office — due in large part, and with great irony, to Netflix — the increasingly homogenized theatrical experience and the slow extinction of bricks-and-mortar everything, the dual resurrections offers hope for us all. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Losing that first casual crowd is the difference between an apparent flop and box office domination. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 The movie generated $626 million at the domestic box office and has surpassed $1 billion globally. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 Friday’s release of The Marvels shows that the weight placed on Feige’s shoulders is starting to exact its price—from Marvel’s box office returns. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of box office was in 1741

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“Box office.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

box office

: an office in a public place (as a theater or stadium) where admission tickets are sold

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