from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A booth, as in a theater or stadium, where tickets are sold.
- n. The drawing power of a theatrical entertainment or of a performer; popular appeal.
- n. A factor influencing this power: Notoriety is usually good box office.
- n. Total attendance for an entertainment; turnout.
- n. The amount of money received from ticket sales for an entertainment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place where tickets are sold in a theatre/theater or cinema
- n. the total amount of money paid by people worldwide to watch a movie at cinemas/movie theaters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. total admission receipts for an entertainment
- n. the office where tickets of admission are sold
So named because it was originally an office for the booking of boxes in a theater.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1786, presumably from sales of boxes, box seats ("separated private seating"). Sense of “total sales” from 1904. (Wiktionary)