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Do YOU know what ‘blockbuster’ really means? Thousands lose it after the publicist reveals its true meaning
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 freak out? 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. 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. Pictured: Crowds line up in front of the movie house to see JAWS.
“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.’ 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.
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,’ another added. “Oh dear, I must be very old,” said a third.
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