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3D Porn Beats Avatar at Chinese Box Office

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After Playboy explored uncharted locations on the iPad, Penthouse announced last month it would be forging headlong -- no pun intended -- into the 3D arena. A 3D Penthouse channel is set to launch in Europe, offering up "30 hours of content that will be refreshed monthly and programming that includes soft-core and hard-core feeds."

Well, that's one way to save 3D TV.

But as 3D porn remains to be the enduring glimmer in a fading fad, China proved that the adult industry just might be able to resurrect the entire medium.

The adult film 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy just won the biggest single-day box office record in Hong Kong -- earning 2.78 million Hong Kong dollars, or $340,000 American -- on just 73 screens. The previous record holder with HK$2.63 million Hong Kong dollars: Avatar.

Sorry, James Cameron. You just didn't show enough skin.

SlashFilm gives a synopsis of the flick:

3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is a remake of a 1991 film of the same name about a sexually frustrated teacher in ancient China who gets wrapped up in the harem of a new friend. Featuring full nudity and "camouflaged lovemaking" but no actual penetration, Sex and Zen is billed as "the world’s first 3-D erotic film."

The lofty claim is a bit of a misnomer, however, as producer Stephen Shiu, admits that a 2010 South Korean feature called Natali was the first to emerge beyond the two-dimensional realm. Shiu told NPR, "We met people's expectations. People have always thought that you need 3D technology for this kind of content. So people were very curious."

I'll bet.

Despite the dearth of adult films being shown in American theaters, Extreme Ecstasy will be also opening in Australia, South Korea, France, Italy, and India in the coming months. Perfect for those with many international varieties of raincoats.

Extreme Ecstasy's fairly-safe-for-work trailer can be seen here:



(See also: Penthouse Goes 3D and Confirmed: Uncensored Playboy App Coming to iPad!)
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