tent·​pole ˈtent-ˌpōl How to pronounce tentpole (audio)
: a big-budget movie whose earnings are expected to compensate the studio for its less profitable movies

Examples of tentpole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spielberg’s big hit — his first and obviously not his last — paved the way for the massive tentpole features that now dominate the summer season, huge earners that capture both the zeitgeist and hefty audiences. Kate Erbland, IndieWire, 18 June 2024 The movie, which was plotted as another big Jim Carrey tentpole back in 1996 post Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask, saw the comedy star get paid a then astounding $20M for the Columbia Pictures movie. Anthony D'alessandro, Deadline, 15 June 2024 Parasite watch on max Pulp Fiction Year: 1994 Runtime: 2h 35m Director: Quentin Tarantino There are certain tentpoles of American film history that changed the form — and the industry — forever, and this is undeniably one. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 4 June 2024 Ordinarily, a bigger tentpole like a Marvel project tends to kickstart summer movie season in the first weekend of May — and, indeed, Deadpool and Wolverine was once slated for that May 3 release date but was delayed to late July due to the writers’ and actors’ strikes in 2023. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tentpole 

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tentpole was in 1987

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“Tentpole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentpole. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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