Definition of blockbuster in English:



  • A thing of great power or size, in particular a movie, book, or other product that is a great commercial success.

    [as modifier] ‘a blockbuster pay-per-view special event’
    • ‘Do you prefer blockbusters or smaller films?’
    • ‘Consequently, in a new millennium that has been dominated by Hollywood blockbusters and British rom-coms, many film buffs have been looking abroad for their cinematic kicks.’
    • ‘They elect presidents and make films into blockbusters and books into bestsellers.’
    • ‘Maybe you're not going to film a blockbuster movie after you lose weight, but, you know, you could treat yourself to a massage.’
    • ‘We need a convincing experience - like a blockbuster Hollywood film can deliver, when we get sucked into a great 2-hour film.’
    • ‘Not only is she one of America's most respected space scientists, she was also the model for the heroine of a blockbuster Hollywood film.’
    • ‘Did you dub it in Hindi with an intention of getting into blockbuster films in Bollywood?’
    • ‘The big production houses are mostly putting their money on the blockbuster category of films with a big star cast that promise money.’
    • ‘With its amazing array of talents and personalities, this film could serve as a sort of template for the later star-laden blockbuster disaster films.’
    • ‘It's really easy to write a mainstream pop song, a bestselling novel, a blockbuster film…’
    • ‘I have done a whole body of work - classy blockbusters, completely commercial films and art movies.’
    • ‘For example, the contemporary American cinema tends to position teenagers at the center of audiences for blockbuster films.’
    • ‘But more importantly, the festival lets you take a break from those big Hollywood blockbuster films.’
    • ‘You were restricted only to the blockbuster films in a small town.’
    • ‘This film delivers blockbuster action, but its blistering pace leaves the story as soulless as the monsters that inhabit it.’
    • ‘By the time a blockbuster film shows itself in the multiplex there are so many column inches, trailers, TV specials and web-sites about it that you feel you have already seen the film.’
    • ‘The story of your relationship could be a blockbuster film or a Shakespeare play.’
    • ‘She's rich and successful, a best-selling novelist whose devoted fans have made her books and movies commercial blockbusters.’
    • ‘Big blockbuster films tend to creak under their own weight and the momentum of them, for an actor, sometimes just gets in the way.’
    • ‘Films - especially blockbusters - have always done a great job of reflecting current American sentiment.’


1940s (denoting a huge aerial bomb capable of destroying a whole block of streets): from block + buster.