The Resistance sold 148,161 copies last week - the third highest tally of the year behind the latest Eminem and U2 albums - nearly three times the 54,133 copies that We'll Meet Again: The Very Best Of Vera Lynn sold to take runners-up slot.
It also set a new benchmark for Muse, whose last regular album, Black Holes & Revelations, debuted at number one on sales of 115,144 in 2006.
Absolution provided their first number one on sales of 71,597 ...
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