"The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources.
The multi-artist album should sell at least 150,000 to 170,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 25 -- easily enough for a No. 1 entry. If it does arrive atop the list, it will be the first chart-topping theatrical film soundtrack since "Michael Jackson's This Is It" bowed at No. 1 on the tally dated Nov. 14, 2009.
"The Hunger Games" film opens in theaters worldwide on March 23, the first of four planned movies based on the popular series of books.
Other albums heading for a high debut on the Billboard 200 include the Shins' "Port of Morrow" and Odd Future's "The OF Tape Vol. 2." Both could start in the top 10. Melanie Fiona's "The MF Life" and Esperanza Spalding's "Radio Music Society" are also looking towards a bow in the top 20 -- perhaps even top 15.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, March 28.