Top Five Movies To Watch On Boxing Day

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By Jesselle Maminta | December 4, 2013 1:37 PM EST

There are more reasons to look forward to on Boxing Day apart from shopping and gifts. What would this be? Of course, it would be none other than the upcoming movies. Here are five movies that will open in theaters on December 26 that is certain to make moviegoers more excited for Boxing Day. 

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson's second installment of "The Lord of The Rings" prequel picks up where it left off as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the band of dwarves travel to the Kingdom of Erebor to combat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Fun Fact: Martin Freeman reveals to E! News that he took home the prosthetic dwarf ears he used in the movie and gave away some of them as gifts. 

2. Frozen

Disney's newest animated features follows Anna (Kristen Bell) as she searches for her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) with the help of mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).

Fun Fact: Hear Anna say 'Wait, what?' in the movie -- it was added to the script thanks to Kristen Bell who lent her voice to the character. 

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a common guy with a larger-than-life imagination. When his job at Life magazine was threatened, he packs his bags and embarks on a global adventure more mind-blowing than anything he has ever imagined. 

Fun Fact: The story is based on a short story by James Thurber which first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939. 

4. The Railway Man

Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) was a British officer who was captured by the Japanese in Singapore and was sent to a camp for prisoners of war. Years later, he revisits the place where he was imprisoned and tracked down the Japanese officer (Hiroyuki Sanada) who tortured him 'in an attempt let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate.'

Fun Fact: Eric Lomax was a real person -- he wrote his autobiography, also entitled "The Railway Man," and was first adapted into a TV drama entitled "Prisoners in Time" in 1995.

5. Philomena

Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) finds himself helping Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to look for her son whom she have given up for adoption many years ago. In the course of their search, a powerful bond grew between Martin and Philomena. 

Fun Fact: Like "The Railway Man," the movie is based on a true story as told by British author Martin Sixsmith in his book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee."

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