The multi-artist soundtrack ties down the No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200 and bows with 258,000 album equivalent units (of which 210,000 are pure album sales) earned in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music.
The album’s 210,000 sales start is the largest debut for a soundtrack since Michael Jackson’s This Is It danced in at No. 1 with 373,000 in the week ending Nov. 1, 2009. Fifty Shades owns the biggest bow for a multi-act soundtrack since 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (317,000).
The soundtrack’s tunes available as a la carte purchases are red hot too, selling a combined 361,000 downloads for the week. Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” leads the pack with 172,000 (up 50 percent; her best sales week ever).
The film itself was a blockbuster in U.S. and Canadian theaters, earning $93 million during its four-day holiday weekend debut (Feb. 13-16), according to Box Office Mojo — a record haul for the Presidents Day weekend.