Disney: Will Their 2016 Movie Lineup Get Them Out Of The Financial Hole?

Disney has a big year in store when it comes to movie releases. With 13 movies set for release in the coming months, there will be a big outpouring of fans at theaters around North America and the world. Variety reveals the list of big Disney movies and their release dates, and the movie menu looks amazing.

Included in the mix are The Finest Hours, Zootopia, Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Finding Dory, The BFG, Queen of Katwe, Pete’s Dragon, Doctor Strange, Star Wars: Rogue One, Moana, and The Light Between Oceans. This is a lineup that has something for everyone.

The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine, is the first film set to be released, with a release date of January 29. Check out the trailer.

MTV reports that sci-fi lovers will be able to enjoy a stand-alone Star Wars movie called Star Wars: Rogue One. Rogue One is a prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope and shows resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star.

There will also be two Marvel movies, including the last of the Captain America trilogy and Doctor Strange. Tech Insider reports that the Captain America synopsis reveals the surprising fracture that splits the Avengers into two rival factions.

“Steve Rogers is leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps — one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.”

Younger Disney fans will be able to enjoy a new version of Jungle Book, and Finding Dory has been the Finding Nemo sequel fans have been waiting for 13 years.

And what about bringing together director Steven Spielberg and the classic Roald Dahl story, The BFG? This will be a smash hit.

Hopefully, this upcoming year of movies will help Disney dig itself out of the debt it seems to be in as 2016 comes into fruition. Bloomberg reports that Disney has sold $3 billion worth of debt in five parts. Disney has received issues from Ford Motor Co. and Deere & Co., among others. According to Anthony Valeri of LPL Financial, last year saw a number of U.S. companies selling off a total of $1.62 trillion in debt in 2015 due to higher yields and weakness in the credit market.

“Yields are higher, and credit-market weakness will push more discipline on borrowers. But as long as borrowing costs stay low relative to history, the heavy pace of issuance should continue.”

This is good news, since Disney stocks have been on the decline, and according to the Street, it doesn’t look like even the record-breaking success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can save Disney. Disney stock might get as low as $95, like it did last August, when no one knew how big Star Wars was going to be.

“Disney’s stock looked like it was going to hit $95 again. We didn’t know that Star Wars was going to be the best movie ever.”

Fans can only hope that Disney can regain some financial stability in the near future. Surely the stellar movie lineup for 2016 will help.

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