Definition of box office in English:

box office

noun

  • 1A place at a theatre, cinema, etc. where tickets are bought or reserved.

    • ‘I worked summers on the box office in the Traverse Theatre when I left school.’
    • ‘This promises to be a great show for all the family and is now booking at the Theatre Royal box office.’
    • ‘During her toughest times, she sold tickets at box offices and took a job telemarketing just to work in a field closely related to the industry of her dreams.’
    • ‘It'll have them rushing to the theatre box office, I can tell that now.’
    • ‘The Guild is giving away two tickets to the first person to present this article at the Guild Theatre box office.’
    • ‘Ticket holders can show up at the Amphitheatre box office on the day of the show to pick up the free passes for the kids.’
    • ‘If you really want to see a film, stop by one of our box offices to check ticket availability.’
    • ‘Interest in this production is already huge and ticket sales at the box office are very brisk.’
    • ‘More than 60 people were waiting to buy their tickets when the box office opened at 8am.’
    • ‘Some also work in the box office taking bookings and dealing with inquiries.’
    • ‘Mobile phone users can pay for concert or movie tickets at the box office simply by holding their phone next to the payment terminal.’
    • ‘Free tickets are available from the box office one hour before screening.’
    • ‘The terms and conditions are exhibited near the box offices at cinemas.’
    • ‘The only exception is the Aquatics Centre which has a collection point for tickets but not a box office for sales.’
    • ‘I'm picking up the tickets from the box office so there's no postage involved.’
    • ‘The theatre had left four complimentary tickets at the box office to thank me for doing some promotion.’
    • ‘The outside world also takes them seriously and they haven't had problems with the theatre box offices, for instance.’
    • ‘According to the box office, there had been a mix up and the show wasn't starting until 9.’
    • ‘There are six ballets that sell, and everything else struggles at the box office.’
    • ‘All prices are subject to booking fee and tickets are available from the Theatre Royal box offices and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.’
    1. 1.1 Used to refer to the commercial success of a film, play, or actor in terms of the audience size or takings that they command.
      as modifier ‘the movie was a huge box office hit’
      • ‘Interestingly, the popularity of the songs is matched by the box-office performance of the films as well.’
      • ‘The estimated box-office takings for most of this year's British films show how grim the situation is.’
      • ‘The box-office success of the film has allayed fears over its performance and has revived hopes for sequels.’
      • ‘The film became a massive box-office hit and my song was on the soundtrack album, which sold zillions of copies.’
      • ‘The film version swept to the top of the box-office charts last month.’
      • ‘Tsui's film was not a box-office success, which suggests his audience was not convinced.’
      • ‘Without being particularly sexy or smart or funny, she has a box-office profile that is mysteriously hot enough to fry an egg on.’
      • ‘The industry has realised that a film would not become a box-office success only on account of the quality factor.’
      • ‘If the film is a box-office hit, it'll probably allow him to interest the studios in more personal projects.’
      • ‘The father-son legacy had often failed to work wonders at the box-office going by the past records.’
      • ‘It settles in the viewers' appraisal of the film as a necessary box-office insurance instrument.’
      • ‘Follow these steps, and we are certain that your film will be a box-office smash in Korea.’
      • ‘The actors with personal box-office power won huge salaries from Hollywood as far back as thirty years ago.’
      • ‘It has worked, and for the second time our film is a box-office hit.’
      • ‘Let's hope they do get to make another film since its box-office results were disastrous.’
      • ‘The critics hailed him as a major movie tough guy as the film became an instant box-office hit.’
      • ‘We're going to talk to a box-office expert and figure out what's going on and what can be done about it.’
      • ‘The films, too, have proved a hit with an older audience, breaking box-office records for a foreign film.’
      • ‘The cost of the films in the package will be pegged to their box-office performance.’
      • ‘The film's delight in gangland slang and its sharp eye for fashion and London locations made it an unexpected box-office success.’

Pronunciation

box office