It seems Beyonce may not be heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after all.
Last week, industry forecasters pegged her self-titled album to skip back to No. 1 this week -- pushing the current champ, the "Frozen" soundtrack, down to No. 2. However, sales of "Frozen" over the weekend were stronger than expected, and it now seems like its will trump "Beyonce."
Sources project that "Beyonce" sold around 78,000 to 81,000 for the week ending Jan. 12, while Disney's "Frozen" maybe sold 83,000 to 86,000.
The official sales figures, as tabulated by Nielsen SoundScan, along with the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, will be revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Last week, sources pegged "Beyonce" to sell between 85,000 to 90,000 in the week ending Jan. 12, while "Frozen" was heading for 75,000 to 80,000. Over the weekend, "Beyonce's" forecast was scaled down to 80,000, while "Frozen" overperformed, and blew past its projection.
The "Frozen" album wasn't heavily discounted or promoted unusually over the weekend, either. Sources credit the continued success of its parent film as the key driver in the album's sales. According to Box Office Mojo, "Frozen" has earned $317.7 million at the U.S. and Canada box office through Jan. 12. It finished at No. 2 at the box office over the weekend ($15.1 million), behind the new release "Lone Survivor" ($38.5 million).
Since "Frozen's" wide release Nov. 27, 2013, the movie has been among the top three films every weekend at the box office. It is currently the fourth-highest grossing film released in 2013, behind only "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Iron Man 3" and "Despicable Me 2." The movie won Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 12.
If "Frozen" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200, it will be the first theatrical soundtrack to rule for multiple weeks since "Dreamgirls" spent two weeks at No. 1 in early 2007. The last animated film to spend more than one week at No. 1 was Disney's "The Lion King," which roared for 10 non-consecutive weeks in 1994 and 1995.
A week ago, the "Frozen" set jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 5, according to SoundScan. It bumped "Beyonce" out of the No. 1 position after a three-week reign.
Through Jan. 5, "Frozen" and "Beyonce" have sold a total of 503,000 and 1.43 million copies, respectively.