Calling it 'Geek Christmas,' the High Times Internet Technology department took Wed. off to catch the first screening of LOTR. Nothing to relay but high praise. CNN reports: The debut of Time Warner Inc.'s "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" set box office records for the best Wednesday and the best single-day December sales, putting it on course to break the records of its two predecessors. New Line Cinema, the Time Warner studio that has released the three legs of the trilogy each December since 2001, said the film had domestic box office sales of $34.1 million Wednesday, on about 3,650 screens.