Origin of box-office
- 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.
Origin of box office
Examples from the Web for box-office
Contemporary Examples of box-office
Jennifer Aniston had the kind of box-office year that had people stop feeling bad for Jennifer Aniston.Our Pop Culture Wish List for 2014
December 30, 2013
Sighs of relief came in the form of a box-office take of $93 million over a five-day Thanksgiving weekend.The Biggest Surprises and Disappointments in 2013
December 24, 2013
Asked whether there was anyone who was still a box-office guarantee, insiders would be hard-pressed to name a single actor.2013 Was the Year of Women at the Box Office
December 10, 2013
With the exception of Anchorman, none of these movies are as mass appealing or box-office friendly as Bridesmaids ended up being.Is Kristen Wiig Still ‘Girl Most Likely’ to Succeed?
July 22, 2013
The best idea for Depp, then, would be to embrace this idea that the category of “box-office star” is kaput, for him at least.Johnny Depp and the ‘Lone Ranger’ Flop: Is His Career Doomed?
July 9, 2013
Historical Examples of box-office
No, every place was taken when my servant went to the box-office.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
I went boldly to the box-office and encountered the same young man.
Then skirting a big beadle in blue, policemen, and loungers, I reached the box-office.
All of them his, all box-office best bets and all still going strong!Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
Would you mind coming to the box-office a few moments before you dress?Sister Carrie
- the public appeal of an actor or productionthe musical was bad box office
- (as modifier)a box-office success
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]