Oman has some serious "Furious 7" fever
Oman has "Fast & Furious 7" mania.
Universal Studio's Fast and Furious 7, Paul Walker's last film, opened to packed houses, especially across all seven locations of City Cinemas in Oman.
"In City Cinema we are screening approx 40 shows (regular screen) in a day across Oman including five shows in gold class," said Prasad Prabakaran, operations manager, City Cinemas.
On an average, six to seven shows are being screened in each location and in City Cinema Muscat Grand Mall which has gold class as well as regular screens there are 10 to 11 shows per day.
"The movie, being such a blockbuster and a much awaited one at that, we are also screening it at City Cinema, Ruwi," he added.
Prasad also said that they held a special show for their patrons across all locations on Wednesday.
About advance bookings he said that all shows were sold out. "All the weekend shows are sold out, and during weekdays, the evening and night shows are also sold out," he said.
The City Cinema said that advance booking was open a week ago to give fans an opportunity to book their preferred seats.
Prasad said that they are running promotions on their website for the movie and social media page for their patrons and are getting an amazing response.
The film is special for the region as a number of scenes were filmed in the United Arab Emirates.
Filming of the movie first began in Abu Dhabi in November 2013, when a visual effects crew captured helicopter shots, stunt footage and visual effects scenes at Abu Dhabi landmarks.
However, shooting was suspended after Walker's sudden death in a car crash in Los Angeles and it resumed in April 2014.
The shoot, spread across two weeks, covered the Liwa desert, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace hotel, the Yas Marina F1 race circuit and the Jumeirah Etihad Towers.
Shots of Abu Dhabi also featured in the movie's trailer which was released recently.