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Richard Corliss, Time Atlas Shrugged movie |Atlas Shrugged |Paul Ryan | Seven Psychopaths played like The Avengers (with crazy people), compared with Atlas Shrugged: Part II. This middle episode of the planned film trilogy from Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel might have been expected to benefit from Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan fervent espousal of the book (recently muted) and the prescient analogies to one-percenters and Occupy Wall Street. But audiences greeted Shrugged 2 with an “eh”: $1.7 million on 1,012 screens. (Shrugged 1 earned the same amount when it opened in April 2011 at just 299 venues.) Paging another national candidate, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, to get the Objectivist faithful — if that’s not an oxymoron — into theaters.