- receipts from a play or other entertainment.
- entertainment popular enough to attract paying audiences and make a profit: This show will be good box office.
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He arrived in the United States in 2002 at the age of 17, the same year Sam Raimi’s first “Spider-Man” movie broke records at the box office and made superheroes a mainstay in theaters.He dreamed of creating his own African superhero universe. Now it’s finally paying off.|David Betancourt|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
That should be enough for a franchise that already dominates the box office, with three of the five highest-grossing movies of 2019 to its name.WandaVision Deserves the Hype. But It Penalizes Casual Marvel Viewers With Confusion|Judy Berman|January 14, 2021|Time
He’s a partial-season plan holder now, but in 2016 he would often take advantage of the Nationals’ $5 same-day deal at the ballpark box office.A Cubs fan needed one ticket to complete his epic collection. A Nats fan came through.|Scott Allen|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
A bit of a box office and critical disappointment at its release, The Muppet Christmas Carol has gone on to become a holiday classic for many.
So far, box office revenues are down 80% from 2019 levels, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Congress COVID-19 relief bill includes $15 billion for Broadway, small music venues, movie theaters|Phil Wahba|December 21, 2020|Fortune
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Two witnesses outside the Charlie Hebdo office building quoted the Kouachi brothers claiming they were members of al Qaeda.
Who among Scalise's constituents could possibly care if he supported naming a post office for a black judge who died in 1988?
Granted, James is in an office in the Pentagon, and not on the front lines.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In contrast, Boehner's leadership team filed into his ceremonial office and greeted the teary newly-elected Speaker with hugs.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was with a feeling of relief on both sides that the arrival of Mr. Haggard, of the Home Office, was announced.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Beside her was a box of bonbons, which she held out at intervals to Madame Ratignolle.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Now and then the boy who had bought Squinty, and who was taking him home, would look around at his pet in the slatted box.
The little pig in the box felt himself being lifted out of the wagon.
On a small scale map, in an office, you may make mole-hills of mountains; on the ground there's no escaping from its features.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for box office
- the public appeal of an actor or productionthe musical was bad box office
- (as modifier)a box-office success
Other Idioms and Phrases with box office
The office where seats for a play, concert, or other form of entertainment may be purchased, as in Tickets are available at the box office. It is so called because originally (17th century) it was the place for hiring a box, a special compartment of theater seats set aside for ladies. [Second half of 1700s]
The financial receipts from a performance; also, a show's relative success in attracting a paying audience. For example, You may not consider it great art, but this play is good box office. [c. 1900]