'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' scores a larger-than-expected 792,000 in its first week.

Eminem makes a splash at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as his new album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" debuts atop the list with a bigger-than-expected 792,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week, industry sources had forecast the Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album to sell around 750,000.

It marks the second-largest sales week of the year, behind only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which started with 968,000 in March. The year's second-largest week had been the debut of Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000).

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