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Definition of "box office" []

  • A booth, as in a theater or stadium, where tickets are sold. (noun)
  • The drawing power of a theatrical entertainment or of a performer; popular appeal. (noun)
  • A factor influencing this power: Notoriety is usually good box office. (noun)
  • Total attendance for an entertainment; turnout. (noun)
  • The amount of money received from ticket sales for an entertainment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "box office" in a sentence
  • "“You may pick up the tickets at six from the box office at the Teatr Wielki,” she said, sounding like someone reading from a phrase book, and before I could reply, she hung up."
  • "Perhaps the only way that such a speculation could be traded on today is in the rare events, once every five or ten years, when a film produces Titanic-sized $1.8 billion worldwide box office performance."
  • "See also multiplexes theatrical exhibitors aggregate dealsand box office grosseschecking companiescompetition from televisionconcession salesconventions forcosts ofand distributorsfilm bookingand floor percentagein the global markethouse allowanceindependent exhibitorsand independent movieslease obligationsluxury-style venuesmarketing and advertising“90/10” film rental deal with distributornut overheadoverseasprofit marginsprojection technology, currentprojection technology, digitalprojection technology, history ofand real-estate developmentregional managementrolling stock advertisingand screen countstaff fortheatre operationsticketing technologytop fifty marketszones of cities, competing forSee also box office grosses; distributors"
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