As Def Sounds previously reported, Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 was expected to do huge numbers in its opening sales week and move between 700k-750k copies. Now, preliminary first week sales totals are in, and Em’s MMLP2 did bigger numbers than originally projected.

According to Hits Daily Double, Eminem’s eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP2, moved 779,577 copies in its opening sales week, and will debut No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

With MMLP2 debuting No.1, the Detroit rapper has earned his seventh consecutive number one album, and second highest selling opening week of 2013 only behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which moved 968k copies in its opening week back in March.


Update: With the final first week sales totals in, Eminem’s MMLP2 sold even more copies than HDD’s preliminary total of 779,577.

According to Billboard, Eminem moved 792,000 copies of MMLP2 in the first sales week.

With Em moving 792k copies of MMLP2 in its opening sales week, he passes the first week sales of both 2010’s Recovery, which moved 741k copies in the first week, and 2009’s Relapse, which entered the charts with 608k copies sold.