the amount of money that a shop/store, theatre, etc. receives from selling goods or tickets over a particular period of time The box office takings are up on last week. See related entries: Producing a playExtra examples She was losing about £100 a week in takings. Store managers are predicting record takings this Christmas. Takings dropped a little this week. The shop’s new look has boosted its takings considerably. the takings from wines and beers Burglars forced open the safe containing the weekend takings. He estimated the film’s box-office receipts/takings at £15 million.