Much like the music industry, the movie business has experienced significant growing pains in recent years as producers and consumers alike adjust to an environment in which films are as likely to be watched on a smartphone as in a theater and Captain Phillips is only the tip of the iceberg as far as piracy is concerned. The optimal word, however, is “growing.” The $38.3 billion in global box office sales recorded in 2015 represents a 5% year-over-year increase, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, while sales in the U.S. and Canada ($11.1) rose 8%. In fact, 69% of the combined populations of the U.S. and Canada (235.3 million people) went to the movies at least once last year.
At least some of this recent success can be ascribed to movie blogs. No, not the kind of movie websites where you can watch shaky recordings of popular flicks and probably download a virus or two in the process. We’re talking about the types of blogs that help you decide what to pay to see and what to skip, those that provide engaging commentary and those offering an inside look at the business of the big screen. Such blogs provide organic marketing for films and give consumers the confidence to spend their precious funds and free time on movies.
But which movie blog is best? Well, WalletHub’s editors whittled down the field from a list of roughly 80 entrants to the following 20 finalists based on aesthetics, content and overall popularity. But the rest is up to you. Find your favorite movie site, submit your vote and tell us why you’re a fan in the Comments section.
Voting will begin at 12 pm ET on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will run through Tuesday, Oct. 4. You may submit one vote per blog per day. If you would like to share information about the contest on social media, please follow WalletHub on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and use: #WalletHubBestBlogs.
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