- 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.A Christmas Carol, explained by a 5-year-old|Emily VanDerWerff|December 24, 2020|Vox
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
In response to the screen quota cut, South Korea established a “cinema tax” on the box office.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How to Train Your Dragon 2, the tenth highest grossing movie in 2014 America, made $22 million at the Korean box office.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But inspiration and faith-based agenda in movies does not guarantee box office success.Are You There, God? It’s Nicolas Cage and the Year in Cinematically Pimped Religion|Matthew Paul Turner|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Draft Day, his Ivan Reitman-directed film about the NFL draft, grossed just $28 million at the domestic box office.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After that, the box office was up and it got played in more theaters.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Passed the box-office coming up, continued this voluble enlightener; nothing left but a few seats in the top gallery.
We ask your indulgence for the keen disappointment, and beg to say that your money will be refunded at the box-office.
Turiddu was presiding over the box-office and had considered my requirements.Castellinaria|Henry Festing Jones
If he is to be a real business man he'll not have anything to do with tickets bought directly at the box office.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
He had to sue two Graeco-Roman wrestlers for board and attach their box-office receipts.In Madeira Place|Heman White Chaplin
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]