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box office

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

[So named because it was originally an office for the booking of boxes in a theater.]

box′-of′fice adj.


A. ADJtaquillero
B. CPD box-office receipts NPLingresos mpl de taquilla
box-office success Néxito m de taquilla
see also box
References in classic literature ?
No one has had it for over a month, except the ghost, and orders have been given at the box-office that it must never be sold.
The dark-complexioned men who wear large rings, and heavy watch-guards, and bushy whiskers, and who congregate under the Opera Colonnade, and about the box-office in the season, between four and five in the afternoon, when they give away the orders,--all live in Golden Square, or within a street of it.
The box-office will be open at noon of the 13th; ad- mission 3 cents, reserved seatsh 5; pro- ceeds to go to the hospital fund The royal pair and all the Court will be pres- ent.
She pushed him away and walking up to the box-office put down her money.
Our team of editors and researchers spent several months researching the activities of these superstars: uncovering the cumulative gross box-office receipts of top talent, the Olympic deals completed by uberagents and master lawyers and the bottom-line contributions of high-powered execs.
The box-office trifecta of ``The Chronicles of Narnia,'' ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'' and ``King Kong,'' released in the final six weeks of 2005, combined to gross almost $800 million domestically, giving the movie industry some badly needed momentum and helping to make up for a miserable year.
Quebec has plenty of its own well-intentioned first-time films that have limited box-office appeal, but it also has the hits, and that mix is what makes its cinema so vibrant and healthy right now; while English-Canadian cinema remains the sick child in need of a cure--an entire film industry stuck in development hell.
So he may be at a loss to explain why in the '90s Hollywood won't make films for the whole family but will produce more children's films, even though the typical box-office take for these films may not be that impressive.
FFE finished the year with two big hits: ERAGON, which has grossed over $170 million worldwide so far and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, which has grossed over $127 million in domestic box-office.
As the movie industry looks to extend its current box-office winning streak to six weeks, the release of a new Adam Sandler comedy could not be better timed.
In a country where a million at the box office for an indigenous film is a rarity, four films, all by Quebec filmmakers, did more than $5 million in business (according to Playback's annual box-office survey): Charles Biname's Seraphin: Heart of Stone, Jean-Francois Pouliot's Seducing Doctor Lewis, Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions and Emile Gaudreault's Mambo Italiano.
Since its December 8 opening, the film has earned $200M+ in global box-office receipts and has achieved numerous Walt Disney Studios box-office records.