The set sold 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan — down a moderate 69 percent compared to its 1.287 million bow.
The album’s second-week haul is the second-biggest week for an album in 2014, following 1989’s debut a week earlier. 1989 has sold 1.688 million copies in its first two chart weeks.
Swift’s last album, 2012’s Red, fell by 72 percent in its sophomore frame (1.21 million to 344,000). The album before that, Speak Now, also started with more than a million (1.047 million) and slipped by 69.5 percent (to 320,000) in week two.
It seems the music industry mostly avoided releasing albums from A-list artists to compete with 1989’s second week. Thus, the top 10 sees only two new arrivals: Bette Midler’s It’s the Girls (No. 3) and Calvin Harris’ Motion (No. 5). Last week’s No. 2 set, the Now 52 compilation, holds in the runner-up slot with 59,000 (down 42 percent).