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


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