Do YOU know what ‘blockbuster’ really means? Thousands lose it after the publicist reveals its true meaning
- A TikToker was stunned after learning what a ‘blockbuster’ movie really means
- Melbourne publicist Alice James, 30, explained the origin in a video on TikTok
- Movies were a hit when the line of people buying tickets went around the corner
- The slang term is believed to have originated in American newspapers in 1940
- But others believe the slang term was coined from “blockbuster bombs”
By Carina Stathis for Daily Mail Australia
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Thousands are stunned after discovering why hit Hollywood movies are called “blockbusters” at the box office.
Melbourne publicist Alice James, 30, shared a video on TikTok explaining that she only recently learned the interesting fact and was left stunned.
‘Are you ready to go crazy? I recently learned what the term ‘blockbuster’ meant and I haven’t stopped using it,” she said.
Alice claims that in the “old days” a movie was considered a blockbuster if the line of people waiting to buy a ticket went out into the street and around the block.
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Melbourne publicist Alice James, 30, (pictured) shared a video on TikTok explaining that she only recently learned the interesting fact and was left stunned
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Alice claims that in the ‘old days’ a movie was considered a blockbuster when the line of people waiting to buy a ticket took to the streets and around the corner (Photo: People waiting outside the cinema to watch Star Wars: Return to see the Jedi)
The short video quickly caught the attention of the masses and was viewed more than 182,000 times, with many admitting they had “no idea” of its meaning.
“I didn’t know this either and I’m 59,” one person wrote, another added: “And people say TikTok doesn’t teach you things, that’s great news.”
“It started with Jaws in the 1970s,” added a third.
Another admitted: ‘I had absolutely no idea omg.’
In footage from the 70s and 80s, dozens of people are queuing up to see new movies, such as Star Wars and Jaws, the first weekend the movie was released.
Other theories about its true meaning and origin have also been considered.
Some believe the term first popped up in American newspapers in the 1940s, when publications drew the analogy of the massive impact of a “blockbuster bomb” that could destroy an entire block.
Connotations and expressions such as ‘hits the heart like a two-ton blockbuster’ were used to rate films.
In footage from the 70s and 80s, dozens of people line up to see new movies like Star Wars and Jaws, the first weekend the movie was released
Some believe the term first popped up in American newspapers in the 1940s, when publications drew the analogy of the massive impact of a “blockbuster bomb.”
Anyway, others on TikTok seemed offended when Alice described the ’70s and ’80s as “the old days.”
‘Old time? I feel very old now. Happened often in the 80’s and still happens occasionally at drive-ins, purely out of nostalgia,” one wrote.
‘Back in the days???? oh dear god,” added another.
“Oh dear, I must be very old,” said a third.
What does the term ‘blockbuster’ mean?
A ‘blockbuster’ is a Hollywood movie made with a big budget and big stars. A real blockbuster is extremely popular and brings in a lot of money
Typically, a blockbuster is a fantastic summer film that has audiences lining up to see the first weekend the film is released.
Less often, a huge bomb is a blockbuster – this is the original meaning of the word, the 40s, of the fact that such a bomb could destroy an entire city block.
The meaning of entertainment, from the fifties, started as theatrical language.