Three soundtracks reached No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart in 2008, but only one, the companion to Twilight, paved the way for an eventual five top five albums for its franchise.
The Twilight soundtrack debuted with what was then the second-biggest digital sales week for a soundtrack, behind the High School Musical 2 album the year before. In Twilight‘s first week, as reflected on the Nov. 22, 2008-dated chart, the soundtrack sold 165,000 total copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 48,000 were in downloads, the then-second-biggest digital week for a soundtrack since Nielsen began tracking digital sales in 2003; High School Musical 2 debuted with 62,000 in digital sales in August 2007. (The current digital sales week record for a soundtrack belongs to the debut frame of Fifty Shades of Grey, in 2015, with 170,000, while the biggest digital week overall for any album is owned by Adele’s 25, which premiered with a stratospheric 1.6 million in digital sales in 2015.)
Why did the Twilight soundtrack perform so well? Its track list was stacked. The lead single, Paramore’s “Decode” — which also appeared on the group’s third LP Brand New Eyes in 2009 — reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming, at the time, the group’s second-highest charting song (after 2008’s “Misery Business”; No. 26) and second top 40 hit. “Decode” also reached No. 5 on the Alternative Songs chart, marking the band’s third of five top 10s to date.
The opening song on the soundtrack, Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole,” rose to No. 6 on Alternative Songs, earning the group its fifth of an eventual 15 top 10s. The rock-centered album also features Linkin Park, Collective Soul and Iron & Wine.
Twilight‘s inaugural soundtrack paved the way for 10 total charting albums on the Billboard 200 from the five-film series, making it one of the most successful film franchises on Billboard‘s charts.
Here’s a look back at all Twilight titles on the Billboard 200 (ranked chronologically), from soundtracks to original scores:
Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Twilight, No. 1 (one week), Nov. 22, 2008
Twilight: The Score (Carter Burwell), No. 65, Jan. 24, 2009
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, No. 1 (one week), Nov. 7, 2009
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score, No. 80, Dec. 12, 2009
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, No. 2, June 26, 2010
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Score, No. 20, July 17, 2010
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, No. 4, Nov. 26, 2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1: The Score, No. 195, Dec. 21, 2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2, No. 3, Dec. 1, 2012
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2: The Score, No. 91, Dec. 15, 2012
Vampire love story Twilight, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, opened at No. 1 at the box office, with a $69.6 million domestic gross (Nov. 21-23, 2008). Its total $192 million haul ranks fourth for the series; 2010’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse takes first place with $300.5 million.