'3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy' takes $6.7 Million Globally

Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia lead the way for the erotic comedy.

HONG KONG -- A pioneering Hong Kong 3D erotic comedy has powered ahead at the box office, bringing in $6.7 million globally.

As of Monday, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy has earned $4.1 million in its home market, $1.75 million in Taiwan and $870,000 in Australia, where it has been screening in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney at movie theaters catering to ethnic Chinese communities, publicist Carmen Wong said Tuesday.

The $3.5 million production, which opened in Hong Kong on April 14, has drawn audiences with its novel mix of 3D visuals and the moral tale of an ancient Chinese scholar who loses himself in a duke's harem.

In Hong Kong, it earned $360,000 on its opening day, shattering the territory's previous first-day box office record of $340,000 set by James Cameron's 2009 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar. Its $4.1 million take so far makes it the Hong Kong box office champion for the year. The previous champion is the Chinese New Year comedy I Love Hong Kong, which earned $3.3 million. Ticket sales were boosted by tourists from China, where the lack of a ratings system has ruled out a release, as well as by female-only screenings.

However, Sex and Zen, a remake of a 1991 Hong Kong movie by the same name, still has a long way to go before beating the cumulative take of Avatar which raked in a record $23 million in Hong Kong and then another $400,000 with an extended version.

Sex and Zen is to be released in South Korea on May 12 and in France, India and Italy in June.