The movie “Pitch Perfect,” which was released in September and grossed $65 million domestically, is also a success on the music charts, where the film’s soundtrack has peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 713,961 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The film stars Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Anna Kendrick (Beca) as members of the all-girl a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, who are battling other a cappella groups in a national competition.
Kendrick’s rendition of the folk-pop tune “Cups” is helping push the soundtrack to musical heights: The song has sold one million tracks and currently sits at No. 27 on the Hot 100 chart.
“It’s totally surprising,” the perky, red-haired 27-year-old said. “I always figured soundtrack sales would be a part of a movie that has so much music in it … but I had no idea we’d be into summer of the next year and people would still be talking about the album (and) buying the album.”
The gold-selling “Pitch Perfect: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” was released the week the film hit theaters. Kendrick, an Oscar-nominated actress, was in New York last week to receive a platinum plaque for “Cups,” which is also a viral hit thanks to the cup routine she performed in the film, in the song’s music video — which has 17 million views — and others imitating it in their own videos and posts online.
“Cups” was originally just 76 seconds long, but Kendrick re-recorded a version that is just over 2 minutes and it appears on a second soundtrack from the film dubbed “More from Pitch Perfect,” which was released last week http://smarturl.it/MoreFromPitchPerfect.
Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” Hits High Notes on Billboard Charts
1. Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”) [Pop Version] – Anna Kendrick
2. 212 (By Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay) vs. Bust a Move (By Young MC) – The Outfit
3. Bulletproof (By La Roux) vs. Release Me (By Agnes) – The Outfit
4. CleanStarships – Nicki Minaj
5. We Came to Smash (feat. Dev) – Martin Solveig
6. Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer
7. Rome – Yeasayer
8. Before We Fall In Love – Damato