poor box


: a box (as in a church) for alms for the poor

Examples of poor box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In terms of what other lessons could be learned from the Bros. and Fire Island conversation, Rogers also addressed Eichner’s initial response to Bros. poor box office performance, in which the comedian chalked up the low audience turnout to homophobia. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2022 It’s gotten grief for a poor box-office performance, but come on, since when has popularity been a sign of artistic quality? Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 Those criticisms, though, were largely unrelated to the movie's poor box office performance in mainland China, where the government censors the Internet and the news is dominated by state-run media. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2020 Films that had casts that were over 90% white had poor box office outings and were in the lowest 10% in regards to performance. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Billy Eichner remains proud of his new film Bros, despite its poor box office performance. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 8 Oct. 2022 The musical, which featured an elaborate set and a cast of 40, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards (and won one for lead actress Joaquina Kalukango) but was plagued by weeks of poor box office sales. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2022 Weezer‘s upcoming Broadway residency run in celebration of their ongoing SZNZ EP series has seemingly been cancelled due to reported poor box office and sky-high production costs. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 The suit also states that — due to the poor box office results — Village Roadshow cannot make its contractually obligated payment to Warner Bros., putting the company at risk of losing its rights to the film. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poor box was circa 1637

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“Poor box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor%20box. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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