Box Office is back. Only it's been rebranded as Now Playing. Only you can't find Now Playing in the App Store. But you can find Box Office. In iTunes. But not on the iPhone. Sorta.

Confusing much? We're right there with you. We figure the name change is messing with the search systems, which will hopefully sort themselves out shortly. In any event...

Rumors have swirled since Apple pulled Box Office a few weeks back, covering everything from the name "Box Office" itself creating trademark issues, to Rotten Tomatoes objecting to their data being scraped, to the "donate" button violating the SDK, to Steve Jobs hating the exact shade of gray used for the inner bevel of the 3rd line down. There doesn't seem to be any hard info yet on what the real reason was, though developer Cyrus "Metasyntactic" Najmabadi pegs the long (re)turn around time squarely on Apple (via Ars Technica):

I've gotten confirmation that they're working to restore my app on the store, and I got an apology for the length of time it took to respond to me. I'm very happy by this turn of events, and I'm glad that apple will be letting me stay in the store

Najmabadi also promises several more improvements when (and hopefully not if), version 1.3 is released.

Don't care about the why and what, just want to get it? Hit up the App Store (iTunes link) and let us know how you like it!