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- a place where admission tickets are sold, as in a theater
- ☆ Informal
- the power of a show or performer to attract a paying audience
- a show, etc. considered with regard to this power
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- 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.
- Total attendance for an entertainment; turnout.
- The amount of money received from ticket sales for an entertainment.
Origin: So named because it was originally an office for the booking of boxes in a theater.
- boxˈ-ofˌfice adjective
box office - Phrases/Idioms
The office where seats for a play, concert, or other form of entertainment may be purchased, as in Tickets are available at the box office. It is so called because originally (17th century) it was the place for hiring a box, a special compartment of theater seats set aside for ladies. [Second half of 1700s]
The financial receipts from a performance; also, a show's relative success in attracting a paying audience. For example, You may not consider it great art, but this play is good box office. [c. 1900]