Definition of box office in English:

box office


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

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


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