AUSTRALIANS are tipped to flock to cinemas today in what is expected to be one of the biggest Boxing Days in box office history.

Bumper crowds are expected largely because of the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit is expected to boost box office sales just as Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy did 10 years ago.

"We're expecting it to be the biggest opening of the year," said Samantha Philp of Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas.

The three Lord of the Rings films still hold the top spots in Australia's Top 10 all-time Boxing Day results, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

MPDAA general manager Lori Flekser said today's releases were expected to produce much stronger box office results than last year's.

Tom Hooper's acclaimed adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables, starring Australia's own Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, is also expected to draw large numbers of cinema-goers.

"We've got a huge amount of sell-out sessions across the board for that, especially in Gold Class," said Ms Philp.

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