box office

noun
1.
the office of a theater, stadium, or the like, at which tickets are sold.
2.
Theater.
a.
receipts from a play or other entertainment.
b.
entertainment popular enough to attract paying audiences and make a profit: This show will be good box office.

Origin:
1780–90

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box-office

[boks-aw-fis, -of-is]
adjective
of or pertaining to the box office or to the business and commercial aspects of the theater: a box-office window; box-office receipts; a box-office attraction.

Origin:
1805–15; adj. use of box office

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box office
 
n
1.  an office at a theatre, cinema, etc, where tickets are sold
2.  the receipts from a play, film, etc
3.  a.  the public appeal of an actor or production: the musical was bad box office
 b.  (as modifier): a box-office success

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Example sentences
Success breeds success, one of the reasons so many new movies resemble previous
  box-office hits.
Such a quest lacks the box-office appeal of contemplating eternity as a file on
  a flash drive.
Box-office receipts so far this year are higher than last year.
They are rewarded as fine achievements in box-office hits.
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