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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

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"The Hunger Games" film franchise is set to earn its second top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The series' latest movie, "Catching Fire," should see its companion soundtrack bow in the top five of the chart next week. Industry sources suggest it may sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 24.

It follows the first "Hunger Games" soundtrack, which debuted at No. 1 on the April 7, 2012 chart, selling 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both albums are compilations, and feature newly-recorded material specifically intended for the films. The first "Hunger Games" soundtrack sported two contributions from Taylor Swift, which may have accounted for some of it its robust debut week. (Swift is not on the "Catching Fire" album.)

To date, the first "Hunger Games" album has sold 481,000.

The "Catching Fire" set will likely be the second-biggest debut next week, following Five Finger Death Punch's new album, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2." Sources forecast that album to move around 80,000.

Neither "Catching Fire" or Five Finger Death Punch are estimated to open at No. 1. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" will return to the top with perhaps 120,000.

The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Eminem returns to No. 1, while Five Finger Death Punch is new at No. 2 and the “Catching Fire” No. 3. The Building tally is a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week as reported by six major merchants.

Because of how Building Chart is compiled, the rankings can sometimes be misleading in relation to what the final Billboard 200 will look like.

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
12Eminem"The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
2NEWFive Finger Death Punch"Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 2"
3NEWSoundtracks"Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
53Various Artists"Now 48"
6NEWYo Gotti"I Am"
74The Robertsons"Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas"
8NEWVarious Artists"Cities 97 Sampler, Volume 25"
91Lady Gaga"ARTPOP"
106Kelly Clarkson"Wrapped In Red"
The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.