"Chicago" Movie Soundtrack Debuts High on Billboard Charts

News   "Chicago" Movie Soundtrack Debuts High on Billboard Charts
The soundtrack to the movie of John Kander and Freb Ebb's musical Chicago has made a lofty debut in its first week on the Billboard Charts. The album ranked fourth in Billboard's "Top 200" list.

The soundtrack beat out such bestselling pop, rock and rap artists as Eminem, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot. Holding down the top spot was "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones, followed by Avril Lavigne at number two and the Dixie Chicks at number three. The Jones album sold 114,000 to "Chicago"'s 83,000. The film disc perhaps owes its strong showing in part to having been released during a typically slow time of year in the music world calendar.

In addition to winning three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Musical or Comedy, the Miramax film brought in an estimated $8 million at the box office this past week, despite its limited-release status. That's over a 40 percent increase from the previous weekend, which brought in $5.6 million. The film remained one of the top-ten draws of the weekend, with a cumulative total nearing $28 million.

"Chicago," starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere, debuted in the top-20 markets Dec. 27 and then opened at 300 other screens Jan. 3. The much-in-the-news film had another limited expansion Jan. 17, for a total of 557 screens. A further expansion is expected Jan. 24, and the Rob Marshall-directed film will open everywhere Feb. 7. The wide release comes just a few days before this year's Oscar nominations: The 75th Anniversary Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 11.

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