blockbuster

A blockbuster is a Hollywood movie that's made with a large budget and big stars. A true blockbuster is extremely popular and brings in a lot of money.

Typically, a blockbuster is a fabulous summer movie that audiences line up to see the first weekend it's released. You can also call a successful play or a new, popular video game a blockbuster. Less, often, a huge bomb is a blockbuster — this is the word's original, 1940s meaning, from the fact that such a bomb could destroy an entire city block. The entertainment meaning, from the 1950s, began as theater slang.

Primary Meanings of blockbuster

1.
n
an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
2.
n
a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)
Full Definitions of blockbuster
1

n an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)

Synonyms:
megahit, smash hit
Type of:
bang, hit, smash, smasher, strike
a conspicuous success
2

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

Type of:
GP bomb, general-purpose bomb
a large bomb (500 to 2,000 pounds that is 50% explosive) whose explosion creates a blast and whose metal casing creates some fragmentation effect

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