originally referred to a large bomb that would destroy an entire city block during World War II; now in common usage, an impactful movie that is a huge financial success - usually with box-office of more than $200 million (the new benchmark by the early 2000s, after the original mark was $100 million) upon release in North America; ticket lines for blockbusters literally go around the 'block'; also known as box-office hit; the term may also refer to a costly film that must be exceptionally popular in order to recoup its expenses and make a profit; the opposite of a blockbuster is a bomb, flop, or turkey. See All-Time Box-Office Bombs/Flops.
  Examples: The term was first applied to Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975), often acknowledged as the first blockbuster; James Cameron's Titanic (1997) was also a massive blockbuster hit. See All-Time Top 100 Box-Office Hits.

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