Hugh Jackman stars as Valjean who, after his release after years of imprisonment for a petty infraction, is hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) for breaking parole.
Having remade himself as a community leader and business owner, Valjean crosses paths with a former employee of his factory, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), whose degradation and descent into a life of prostitution spurs him to help her and her young daughter, as Javert remains hot on his heels.
First staged in France in 1980, the musical based on Victor Hugo's drama set in Revolutionary France (featuring music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, and lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel) was subsequently translated into 21 languages, and enjoyed long runs on London's West End, on Broadway, and around the globe.
The soundtrack to "Les Miserables" topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, with 92,000 copies sold.
The set beat out Mumford & Sons' "Babel," at No. 2, followed by Taylor Swift's "Red" in third place. "The World From the Side of the Moon" by the "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips and One Direction's "Take Me Home" rounded out the Top 5.
"Les Miserables" is first the soundtrack to hit No. 1 since "Hunger Games" debuted atop the list on April 7, 2012. The last musical film soundtrack to lead the Billboard tally was "Hannah Montana: The Movie" on May 2, 2009.
The "Les Miserables" soundtrack features songs by A-list actors Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.
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