The film based on the short life of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis has broken attendance records at a cinema in Manchester.

Control has attracted a higher average attendance than The Cornerhouse's previous record holder, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, which opened in July 2004.

Manchester audiences responded so well to the story of a local icon that box office lines were jammed and queues stretched onto the street.

The film runs at the city centre cinema until Thursday 25 October with tickets still selling fast.

Cornerhouse Cinemas Director Linda Pariser said, "We're really pleased that this independent British film, presented entirely in black and white has connected so well with the audience it so richly deserves.

"Cornerhouse has been a big supporter of Control since hosting early test screenings for director Anton Corbijn, through to its win at Cannes and its memorable Manchester launch night.

"We've enjoyed a series of complete sell outs and are delighted to be able to contribute to the film's national box office success."

A series of special events timed to coincide with the release have also proved popular with author CP Lee's Rock n' Roll Walks around the city centre selling out on two occasions.

Friday 19 October sees Joy Division's Peter Hook join Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh for a one-off In Conversation event.

Then John Robb invites debate on the state of British music TV on Monday 22 October, held in association with the In The City music convention.