The big-ticket movies, TV shows, music and more that Disney currently licenses to its existing franchises will continue to sell well through 2019, and will even out the market in the years to come, according to analysts.
Disney has not yet announced its 2019 fiscal year sales forecast, but it will continue selling movies and television shows in its existing territories for years to be, and Disney is confident it will be able to sell enough movies to cover the current $1.8 billion annual cost of operating a studio, which is why the company has continued to keep its operating expenses in line.
According to Disney’s analysts, the studio’s $1 billion annual operating expenses will be lower in 2019 than in the year before.
The company will likely see fewer movies released than the year prior, with the exception of The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which are still planned for release next year.
The company has been rumored to be considering slowing down its schedule in favor of making the big-screen adaptations of existing movies that are in development, and it will likely focus more on the TV shows and music that are on its existing license deals, analysts noted.
The Disney-Lucasfilm partnership has proven to be a huge success for the company, with Disney now selling around 90% of its film and television content, according the analysts.
Disney is not releasing its 2019 annual report for 2019 yet, but the company is expected to reveal its fiscal year 2019 sales and earnings for the second quarter of 2019.