Box-office meaning

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Total attendance for an entertainment; turnout.
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(uncountable, by extension) The total amount of money paid by people worldwide to watch a movie at cinemas/movie theaters.
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Alternative form of box office.
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A booth, as in a theater or stadium, where tickets are sold.
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The amount of money received from ticket sales for an entertainment.
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A place where admission tickets are sold, as in a theater.
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(countable) A place where tickets are sold in a theatre/theater or cinema.
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Origin of box-office

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Folk etymology is that this derives from Elizabethan theatre, where theater admission was collected in a box attached to a long stick, passed around the audience. However, first attestation is over a century later (theaters were closed in 1642), making this highly unlikely.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1786, presumably from sales of boxes, box seats (“separated private seating”). Sense of “total sales” from 1904.

    From Wiktionary