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Huge crowds expected at Hobbit and Les Mis

QUITE A READ: Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which opens today.
QUITE A READ: Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which opens today. James Fisher

THOUSANDS of Ipswich movie-goers will vote with their wallets today as two of the most anticipated movies of the year face off at the box office.

Films of two literary classics will be released this morning, with huge crowds expected at Ipswich Birch Carroll and Coyle and Reading Cinemas Redbank.

The Hobbit and Les Miserables will face off, as will the latest film from Disney, Wreck-It-Ralph. Advance tickets are selling strongly.

Redbank Plaza Reading Cinemas manager Jessica Carfantan said she expected Boxing Day to be the biggest viewing day of the year.

"We had 1100 people here on Boxing Day last year and we're expecting it to be much busier this year," she said. "It's definitely the busiest day of the year for us.

The Hobbit, Les Mis and Wreck-It-Ralph are the big three Boxing Day movies this year, and I'm sure they'll all be really popular.

Birch Carroll and Coyle Ipswich general manager Lauren Maxfield said The Hobbit especially had seen a lot of advance ticket sales.

"We're expecting thousands through the doors in the next few days," she said.

"The Hobbit has been getting some really good feedback, especially with the way it's been filmed.

"For the kids, Wreck-It-Ralph is looking very popular, as well as Rise of the Guardians which has been out since earlier in the month.

"And of course Les Mis is also looking really popular and getting a lot of buzz."

The releases cap off a huge year in film. with Bond, Alien, Avengers and Batman movies released.

BOXING DAY RELEASES

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables
  • Parental Guidance
  • Wreck It Ralph

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