‘The Longest Ride,’ movie filmed in Winston-Salem, opens to $13.5 million

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Nicholas Sparks’ new movie “The Longest Ride,” which was partially filmed on Wake Forest University’s campus, has made $13.5 million during opening weekend.

The Wilmington Star News reported that the movie landed third place for the weekend following the $60.5 million made by “Furious 7” and the $19 million by “Home.”

Sparks’ new movie made about what the studio had predicted, but did not have the massively successful opening that some of his other movies have had, according to the paper.

The plot of the romantic drama involves the life of an elderly widower who becomes entwined with that of a young college student and the cowboy she loves.

It is directed by George Tillman Jr. and stars Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood and Jack Huston. The movie was partially shot in Winston-Salem and Wilmington, among other locations around the state.

The movie only has a 29 percent approval rating by critics on Rotton Tomatoes, but Imdb.com users gave it a 7.1 out of 10.

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