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Blockbuster (entertainment)

Blockbuster, as applied to film, theatre, and sometimes also video games, denotes a very popular or successful, usually big budget production.


Blockbuster may refer to:

Blockbuster (DC Comics)

Blockbuster is the name of four fictional characters in the . The first one was primarily a foe of Batman and Robin, while the second frequently fought Nightwing (formerly Robin). The latest Blockbuster first appeared in the pages of the series 52 wherein he is directed into battle against Lex Luthor's team of superheroes, Infinity, Inc.

Blockbuster (Marauder)

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Blockbuster (book)

Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer is a 2004 non-fiction book by British film critic Tom Shone published by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, ISBN 0-7432-6838-5.

Based on interviews with leading Hollywood filmmakers, actors and production staff it examines the revolution in Hollywood movies brought about by Jaws, Star Wars, Alien and other summer blockbusters and how they became a global phenomenon.

The tone and approach of the book is not one of film criticism as such but rather an analysis of how the blockbuster era came into being, and the processes which drove the producers, directors and film executives concerned from 1975 to 2004. It sets itself firmly on the side of the audience and values entertainment and thrills rather than high culture, and does not shy away from equating creative success with commercial success.

In the book Shone considers that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's reinvention of blockbusters as fast-paced entertainment reinvigorated the American film industry and deserves greater artistic and critical recognition. These two filmmakers are the most prominent of the many interviewed for the book and receive the most coverage. Director James Cameron is also featured extensively but was not directly interviewed.

By the 1990s, however, Shone admits that Hollywood blockbusters were out of control and there was doubt as to whether the major studios were in the film business any more.

The book concludes that blockbusters were rescued as a popular and credible film type by 2004, when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King became the first blockbuster to receive not only massive worldwide box office receipts but a clean sweep at the Oscars.

Blockbuster (album)

Blockbuster is the first studio album by Korean boy band Block B. The music video Nillili Mambo was released on October 16, 2012.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


▪ "Roots" became a blockbuster TV series.
▪ a blockbuster from the summer of '99
▪ Bruce Willis's new blockbuster took $10.6 million in its first weekend.
▪ Brown promised a blockbuster, and he delivered.
▪ Daly, however, said that Disney is becoming less reliant on the new animated blockbusters to drive video sales.
▪ Flaubert's entire output fits one volume no fatter than the average airport blockbuster.
▪ Public or private, Amstrad will have to cut back as there are no blockbuster products in the pipeline, Sugar warns.
▪ Some of the aircraft from blockbuster films like Aces High and Indiana Jones are making a special appearance at an airshow.
▪ They are sitting around a table struggling to figure out ideas for sweeps blockbusters.
▪ This restaurant has all the makings of a blockbuster.


  1. An exceptional event. n. 1 A high-explosive bomb used for the purposes of demolishing extensive areas, such as a city block. 2 Something, such as a film or book, that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales, as opposed to a box office bom

  2. 3 A large firecracker type of fireworks; an M-80.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


also block-buster, big bomb (4,000 pounds or larger, according to some sources), 1942, from block (n.) in the "built-up city square" sense. Entertainment sense is attested from 1957. U.S. sense of "real estate broker who sells a house to a black family on an all-white neighborhood," thus sparking an exodus, is from 1955.



  1. n. a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)

  2. an unsually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel) [syn: megahit, smash hit]

Usage examples of "blockbuster".

He talked an incessant stream of nonsense, bad jokes, lines from Bollywood blockbusters, ancient poetry.

If one were a small farmer trying to keep alive a traditional agrarian way of life for his children, if one were a third-generation Japanese small nurseryman struggling to survive amid a parking lot full of cheap plants at Orchard Supply, if one were proud of his Punjabi roots, religion, dance and customs and wished his daughter to preserve an ancestral way of life drawn from a rich past in India, then the juggernaut of Blockbuster, Festival 10 Theaters, Pizza Hut, Costco, Borders Books, Amazon.

Sollie traded in collectible cars at Ragtops in West Palm as frequently as I switched out DVDs at Blockbuster.

During those two hours, the staff had been working on a blockbuster story telling how Harlem had gone on strike, no one was reporting for work, and while there had been no announcements, the action was obviously well-organized and clearly a massive protest by the black community against bias, discrimination, and all forms of tokenistic, non-Jewish liberalism.

Blockbuster himself should pony up a heftier chunk of the arena moneyan option no self-respecting sports tycoon likes to contemplate.

Blockbuster had helped Curly find the film, which had been released several years earlier, before Kimberly Lou Dixon signed on for the Mother Paula TV commercials.

Then, his Pump and Glow health club membership, his Blockbuster Video card.

And Kolya also has video cassettes, direct from US, with the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and Vasya still has none of these!

Nevertheless, the past few years have introduced millions of people to traditional fantasy through the cinematic blockbusters ofHarry Potter andThe Lord of the Rings .

The real estate people, the blockbusters themselves, snapped up the houses cheap.

The slums had been created by the blockbusters, and they were never really held accountable.

He shared the passion of most of the troop for watching Blockbusters, but had one annoying habit that was all his own.

  He shared the passion of most of the troop for watching Blockbusters, but had one annoying habit that was all his own.

  We took mugs of tea with us to the briefing room, Nosh still honking because Solid Shot had solved the conundrum on Blockbusters.

All the bombs dropped on all the cities in World War II amounted to some two million tons, two megatons, of TNT - Coventry and Rotterdam, Dresden and Tokyo, all the death that rained from the skies between 1939 and 1945: a hundred thousand blockbusters, two megatons.