Origin of box-office
Definition for box-office (2 of 2)
- 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
Jennifer Aniston had the kind of box-office year that had people stop feeling bad for Jennifer Aniston.
Sighs of relief came in the form of a box-office take of $93 million over a five-day Thanksgiving weekend.
Asked whether there was anyone who was still a box-office guarantee, insiders would be hard-pressed to name a single actor.
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?|Kevin Fallon|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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?|Kevin Fallon|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Frohman left without a word, went out to the box-office and wrote a letter, discharging the stage-director.
"Shillin'," said the box-office man, when Mr. Clarkson asked for a stall.Essays in Rebellion|Henry W. Nevinson
You can begin your theatrical career in the box-office of Hooley's Theater in Brooklyn.
And then to the youth on the other side of the box-office window, "Have you any seats left in the front row?"Tales From Bohemia|Robert Neilson Stephens
The man went into the box-office again; Hamish was left alone there, in the great empty vestibule.Macleod of Dare|William Black
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
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]